National Preparedness Month: Soft Target Awareness
The extremist who committed the terrorist attack at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida in June 2016, originally intended to conduct his attack at Disney World, even going so far as conducting pre-attack surveillance to fully assess his target. He observed a significant number of uniformed security and law enforcement personnel, along with persons in plain clothes he believed to be undercover security or law enforcement personnel. After evaluating his chances of executing a successful attack at the theme park as unlikely, he chose Pulse, ultimately killing and injuring more than 100 people.