Mass. movie theaters take precautions

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July 20, 2012, 10:53 pm

(NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Salem, Mass.) - Images from this Colorado movie theater have no doubt been burned into the minds of many Americans, as the nation comes to terms with the shooting rampage at the "Dark Knight Rises" midnight showing there.

Sara Maurno of Salem, MA said, "You know I'm very scared actually I can't deny that."

Movie-goer Gina Cerulli said, "It's really sad what happened, and I think it's ridiculous that you can't just go see a movie anymore without worrying about what's going to happen to you."

Now there's concern from some theater patrons over whether security should be increased to try to prevent this type of mass shooting from happening again.

Jay Valente of Mystic, CT said, "Any kind of public gathering probably should have some kind of metal detecting."

"One of the issues we have to be very careful with is knew-jerk reactions," said security expert Richard Avery.

Avery is the President of Securitas New England and he says putting in metal detectors will only serve to ease the public's concern.

"Do I think it's necessary from a security standpoint, absolutely not," said Avery, "anybody with the time, money and resources can circumvent any type of security."

Avery says investigators will probably focus on the emergency exits and the shooter's access to them, but he says that's normally not a weak point.

He said, "The movie theaters watch their emergency exits anyway because if someone goes through there, they're losing revenue."

Many theater goers we spoke to say this incident won't keep them from going to the movies or seeing the "Dark Knight Rises."

Jessica Sexton of Berkshire County said, "I think what happened was an isolated incident and I think in general movie theaters really shouldn't need security."

Movie-goer Meaghan Gonsalves said, "I am in the belief that it's kind of a one-time thing, I don't think that security needs to be amped up at all, I think that there are some crazy people in this world that don't have help in time and they react accordingly and it's really sad but I don't think anyone should be afraid to go to the movies."

Tags: Alysha Palumbo, Salem, movie theater, movie theater shooting, movie theater massacre, Aurora Colorado
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