Every year at the Oscars, there’s a cause that many people are touting and there will be pins and ribbons representing that the wearer truly ‘cares’ about whatever the issue is. This year with the MeToo# and TimesUp# Movements against sexual harassment, there may be a few pins or symbols.
But, at the Oscars last night, if you see little orange pins, they’re from “Everytown For Gun Safety” a progressive anti-gun group. If you wear those, basically you’re saying you’re down with gun control, demonizing the NRA and AR-15s and you don’t want teachers to be able to be armed in order to protect themselves or their students.
But as you saw those last night, and saw them telling you that you shouldn’t be able to defend yourself, and teachers or security shouldn’t be armed to protect kids in school, consider this story.
Traffic in Hollywood will grind to a halt on Sunday, as the LAPD works to wrap the Dolby Theatre in multiple cordons of security.
More than 500 officers will be on hand, many of them working overtime, to ensure the safety of the 90th Academy Awards, along with firefighters, police helicopters and agents from the FBI. Private security guards from Security Industry Specialists will work the inside of the theater.
“We have these concentric rings of security that start in the middle and radiate outward,” says LAPD Cmdr. Blake Chow, who is overseeing the operation. “We have a lot of officers in fixed posts and foot beats keeping an eye on the event.”
Many of the surrounding streets were closed all day Sunday.
While there are no specific threats, they just want to make sure they are ready, given incidents like the Las Vegas shooting, Chow said.
The cost of all the security?
The city of L.A. bills the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for security, street closures, and other expenses related to the event. This year, the cost is $340,000, up from $300,000 for the last several years.
The department hopes the general public will understand the inconveniences that come with the show.
Now, this is just the event security.
Many of these ‘stars’ also have their own private security that they take with them to such events in addition to all the police with the guns and the rifles. And you can bet those security folks are armed as well.
So which is it, Hollywood? Security for you but not for anyone else? Are your lives more important than our lives and the lives of our kids?
Why do you see the benefit of security for you but you refuse to accept it for anyone else?
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]