The Las Vegas massacre puts a post-9/11 law to the test


As a Department of Homeland Security official in 2002, I led the implementation of a post-9/11 law known as the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act , or Safety Act. The law was intended to ensure that companies would not let the considerable liability risks associated with a potential terrorist attack deter them from creating or using technologies that could help protect the public.

Now, 16 years later, the law is being cited for the first time in a legal proceeding.

On Oct. 1 last year, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 at a music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 people in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. Nearly 900 people were wounded by Paddock or injured in the chaos as he rained down more than a thousand bullets from his room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino before committing suicide. His motivation remains a mystery to police investigators.

Read more about this tragic event here.