Magazine article Variety

Lafayette Shooting Again Spurs Talk of Safety, Gun Control

Magazine article Variety

Lafayette Shooting Again Spurs Talk of Safety, Gun Control

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After a gunman shot and killed two women and injured nine others in a Lafayette, La., movie theater July 23, the conversation turned once again to gun control and security at the multiplex. John Russell Houser, 59, the gunman, took his own life after the shootings at the Grand Theater during a screening of "TVainwreck."

"Exhibitors should always be concerned about the safety of their patrons, but going forward, perhaps the issue is how vulnerable we all are in any venue," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. "It is more of a societal issue than a movie-theater issue," he added. One Louisiana lawmaker said she is working on a bill to install metal detectors in movie venues.

Meanwhile several entertainers took the opportunity via social media to advocate for increased gun control.

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