Two years ago, I had occasion to attend a street fair in downtown Cleveland, sponsored by the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland. When I got there, I saw that attendees were required to go through a metal detector. At the time, I thought this was ridiculous. I mean, who puts metal detectors at a street fair?
Well, after reading about this horrible crime, perpetrated Friday in Seattle by a self-proclaimed "Muslim American, angry at Israel," I find the JCF's security concerns to be a lot more understandable.
I still think the metal detectors were ridiculous. The lines of unarmed people waiting to go through the metal detectors would have provided a target-rich environment for anyone looking to kill Jews. Still, I now think the JCF's security concerns were perfectly understandable.