Same with ABC 9: http://www.wftv.com/news/10172027/detail.html
NBC 2: http://www.wesh.com/news/10172327/detail.html
Orlando Sentinel (local newspaper): http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-bk-shooting102706,0,7214905.story?track=rss
1. More people = more crime. (Just common sense there.)
2. More locals. (I'm guessing that locals are more likely to *commit* crimes than tourists on vacation. And I'd suspect that Universal would have a higher percentage of locals amongs its visitors than Disney due to both its location and pricing.)
1 + 2 = You've got a location that attracts a ton of people, and not all of them tourists not looking for trouble. So it is natural to expect that a few of them are going to do something stupid or criminal, while packing the means do it.
It's just numbers. That's one of the things people forget about theme park crime reports. We're talking about locations the size of small- to medium-sized cities here. Of course there's gonna be some crime now and then.
The world is getting more dangerous lately. I think of Universal as a happy place. I do not want to even imagine what has happened at Disney World (probably alot). Bigger and Older, something has had to happen, especially at Pleasure Island.
Terrible, really terrible!
But yeah, I know that Disney isn't immune from this problem either!
Robert's point was very well stated. You are going to have crime once in a while everyplace. I am sure USO reacted properly to ensure the safety of the rest of the guests.
Oh, and I do not blame Universal at all for either of these events! They have no cotrol over it and it could happen anywhere! I remember a mother murdered her children at the Contemperary a while back. The world is getty scarier. I can't believe somebody would bring a gun with them to a theme park. People these days......
And do I hear some anti-Disney setiment in your post Erik? HMMMM (LOL). They bought the land pretty fair and square (ok, they used fake names, not exactly sure how fair that is!). The land to this day is still giving them problems with tunnels under the parks leaking, but lets save that for another post! :)