A recent tragedy at a city council meeting in Missouri has led a Scottsdale City Council member to ask his colleagues to reconsider the council’s 2006 decision to remove X-ray machines at the entrance to the council kiva.
Councilman Wayne Ecton told the Tribune’s Ari Cohn he fears “copycats” might mimic what occurred Feb. 7 in the small St. Louis suburb of Kirkwood, Mo. Two Kirkwood City Council members were among five people killed by a gunman who left the mayor and a newspaper reporter seriously injured before police shot him to death.
The Scottsdale council should stand by its decision to remove the machines, whose presence we have previously criticized as useless to impede someone who might choose to try to harm municipal officials or workers somewhere else. There’s no evidence that city officials or employees would be any better protected from harm if the machines were to return than they are today.
Tragedies such as the one in Kirkwood are exceedingly rare. Most East Valley city halls don’t use these machines. Scottsdale shouldn’t, either.