It will take months, possibly years, to fully understand how the senseless attack in Las Vegas will change American society. Hotels are considering metal detectors, X-ray screening of guest luggage, and mandatory room checks. Some are even questioning whether open-air concerts and festivals should be organized anymore. We should not change the way we live our lives in America. But we must begin to take a hard look at how we secure our cities.
In November 2008, ten members of the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba infiltrated the Indian city of Mumbai and conducted a coordinated terrorist attack that ended with 164 people dead and more than 300 wounded. The terrorists split into two-man teams armed with assault rifles and grenades. They targeted locations containing large gatherings of people, including a café, a hospital, a Jewish community center, a movie theater, a railway station, and two hotels.