Haha I remember all too well. They also made it temporarily illegal to wear a fake beard in Public
We don’t live in the world of Minority Report and It is simply impossible to deploy armed police officers and erect concrete barriers at every public gathering. There is always going to be a so-called “soft target” somewhere. Also, not only is it impossible, it’s also undesirable. Do you really want to live in a world where every co coffee shop with outdoor seating, every market, every commercial high street and every public place is under surveillance, with armed guards casting a suspicious eye over proceedings and where oppressive concrete barriers are erected? What does that say about our ability to freely associate? And what does that say about how we react to terrorism?
Something that still inspires me to this day is that after the 7/7 bombings in London, people got up the next day, caught the same number bus route that had been bombed the day before and went to work. Defiance in the face of terrorism is how to win – Compromising your societies’ values is the only way to be truly defeated by it.
I’m not saying security is bad – Some is obviously needed. But you’re playing the blame game here. If you’re looking for someone to blame, blame the killer who went out of his way to do this.
There’s about 4 Christmas markets in my city and none of them have any barriers or armed police.