Tensions were high in Oak Lawn on Sunday night. Afternoon thunderstorms had left the skies overcast and bleak, and all along the streets and in the doorways of the clubs there was a hard-to-miss police presence.
Only hours before, a shooter had opened fire inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 50 people.
For clubs and concert venues across the country, including here in Dallas, the world suddenly feels different. Oak Lawn, with its high concentration of gay bars, is under particularly close watch. Police had already been on the street Sunday to monitor a neighborhood march commemorating the Pulse victims. But at clubs like J.R.’s — which observed a moment of silence for the Orlando victims on Sunday — the venues took it upon themselves to have extra security, as well, placing an extra guard at the doors.