Should banks or businesses have metal detectors to keep out people with guns?

United States
October 1, 2008 2:44pm CST
Do you think that businesses or banks should have metal detectors at the entrances to keep out people with guns and knives? Would it make you feel safer to shop in a store, if you knew that they had good security measures in place?
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9 responses
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I think that would only slow things down quite a bit, seeing as how many people carry keys that are metal and belt buckles around their waists that are metal. I don't think I'd feel safer, no. I'd probably just be annoyed at the time consumption
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• United States
1 Oct 08
Maybe they could use a similar procedure as airports where you take stuff out of your pockets and pass it through on one side and then walk through the big metal detector. That would speed things up a bit, I think.
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
1 Oct 08
That might help I have not been to an airport in a lot of years, so I have no idea how speedy they are these days. I prefer to travel by train or bus, it's more fun to look at the scenery as I go
• United States
1 Oct 08
Before my daughter was born, I loved taking long car trips. Very peaceful and relaxing. Car trips with kids are a not so pleasant way to spend a hot summer afternoon!
@jolenegreen (1209)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I dont think that it would help any. I think people would still find a way to sneak things in. And it wouldnt last very long either. People would get sick of having to put all their belongings in a bowl everytime they walk into a store or a bank.
• United States
1 Oct 08
They could just use the drive through window for convenience, I suppose. No scan would be required for that.
• United States
1 Oct 08
In my opinion, I think it would make me feel safer. You never know what crazed psychopath will come in and start shooting. In fact, there's a bank here in my city that has been robbed several times, and they don't have a metal detector. In those several times the bank has been robbed, 5 people were killed. So again, yes it would make me feel alot safer.
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• United States
1 Oct 08
OMG! I had not heard about that. How sad! But, I'm not surprised. Not surprised at all. We can't keep living as if it's the 1950's! There are dangerous people in the world that mean us harm. It's almost as if we've reverted back to the 1800's with all the lawlessness and criminals. They have free reign in society. We're no safer today than they were 100 years ago. We must protect ourselves. Thanks for your comments. I feel the same way.
• Canada
1 Oct 08
In one way it would be an invasion of privacy, but in another way it would be great security. Is it possible to have a detector or something, that will pick up weapons, but which will pass by things like bras, suspender and belt buckles, metal pins in the hips, money, jewellery, or other necessary metals?
• United States
1 Oct 08
Currently some businesses and government institutions in the US do employ metal detectors. And, so far, it hasn't proven to be too much of an inconvenience for patrons. But that is a very valid point. At what point does private property security become too intrusive.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
27 Aug 09
I think if their a smart business they would. I think there would be a whole lot less robberies if they did that. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
@balasri (26553)
• India
22 Mar 09
It is absulutely necessary t have this devices in places where people frequent and gather.Yes I will definitely feel safe with these arrangements.
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
21 Mar 09
I wouldn't have a problem if metal detectors were installed in banks. The way things are these days economically you never know what people are carrying. The local liqour store near me was robbed the other day, and the owner was killed. Had a metal detector been installed, he may have had a chance, or the killer would have had second thoughts in robbing that store. They have them in schools, so why not banks, I wouldn't be offended at all, since I do not have anything to hide.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
5 Oct 08
It surprises me that they don't. Especially banks...I mean look at all the times they've been robbed. It makes you wonder why more places don't have them. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
• India
2 Oct 08
Yes they should be. With the recent strings of serial blasts in India security has been beefed up and people are frisked everywhere and cops are searching and making sure that such incidents do not happen. Nothing can be made 100% safe, that's for sure, but these steps will lead to making this world a secure place to live in. Sometimes they go over board by causing trouble to innocent people, but its a required trouble because more and more people are getting killed in these terrorist attacks. And as it should be noticed they are attacking places that are usually crowded. So people should have a sense, and feel grateful that they are being kept safe. bourne