I wonder if South Florida's recent mall shootings will make people reconsider that notion.
Today's Herald includes stories about an attempted murder-suicide at the Aventura Mall that left the shooter dead and a woman badly injured, and about a still-unsolved double murder at the Boca Raton Town Center.
The facts of the Aventura and Boca Raton cases seem different -- police believe the Aventura shooter knew his victim, but the Boca shootings appear to be more random -- but the terror of mall violence is present in both, just as it was at a recent Omaha mall shooting that left nine people dead.
After the Omaha shooting in December, CNN ran a piece about how violence crimes in malls are disrupting retail sales.
But what do shoppers think? Can we make malls safer? Should we? Weigh in with your comments.