A telephone survey by Security Magazine Thursday morning found that numerous museums and educational institutions around America have increased their visible security efforts as well as contacted their local law enforcement agencies to ask for more patrols on the perimeter of their facilities.

For example, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Executive Director Richard Hirschhaut said that “in response to this tragedy, we are working closely with the Skokie (Ill.) Police Department and other law enforcement agencies to ensure a heightened level of security in and around the facility.

He added, “To ensure the safety of all our visitors, the Museum was built with a state of the art security system, which was developed in consultation with experts in the security field and with the support of the United States Department of Homeland Security.”

Yesterday, a contracted security officer was shot to death after an elderly man said to have ties to white supremacist groups walked into the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and opened fire.
Earlier this year, an Executive Branch report suggested that certain individuals and groups would more likely use violence as they faced economic challenges, racial, religious and social based anger.
While there were metal detectors at the Museum entrances, the shooter -- a well known person with ties to hate groups and white supremacists -- started firing his rifle immediately.