Philly concertgoers see added security after Orlando

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It was a sellout crowd at The Fillmore Philadelphia Monday night with a beefed up police and security presence on hand. (WPVI)

It was a sellout crowd at The Fillmore Philadelphia Monday night, with an noticeably beefed-up police and security presence.

The increased security was aimed at keeping things safe and, in the wake of the massacre in Orlando, helping concertgoers feel well-protected.

"It is kind of scary. It is amped up," said Amanda McLaughlin of Bryn Mawr, Pa. "It SHOULD be amped up a little bit right now. You don't know what's going to happen afterward."

At the Fillmore, people were patted down as they went in. Many people didn't appear to mind, especially in the wake of Orlando.

"It's going to add extra time, but it's worth it," said Rich Ratner of Collingswood, N.J. "If it ensures the safety of everybody here, I don't care if I have to wait a little longer to get in."

But some people draw a line at just how far security measures should go.

"I mean added security, added police, added precautions, that's a good thing," said Kevin McLaughlin of Royersford, Pa. "But I'm not going have them strip me down at the front door or anything like that."

Reggae music concert promoter Ryan Elder says beefed-up security at these venues is now a given.

"It's 2016. We live in a total different world now, with terrorism and this crazy stuff going on out there. So I think it could only benefit everybody's safety," Elder said.

Still, some question the effectiveness of it all.

"Do you think they're going to go where there's beefed-up security? No, they're going to go where there isn't any security," Sekou Davis of Center City said.

Still others believe that if someone other than the shooter inside that nightclub in Orlando had been carrying a weapon, the carnage may have been deterred.

"Being a gun owner myself and having a license to carry, I figure that can make a difference. Haven't had to use it, thank goodness. I don't plan to use it. But I think that can be enough of a deterrent," said Andrew Gunderlock of Allentown, Pa.
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