Before, now, and always
Yesterday marked yetanother mass shooting in Florida which left 3 dead, including the suspect, at a Madden NFL 19 video game tournament. During the livestream of Madden NFL 19 tournament at a downtown shopping-dining complex, “Madden tournament getting shot up on Twitch,” posted a Twitter user who shared a livestream of the video game. Gun shots and yelling can be heard in the background before the controller disconnects.
Electronic Arts, the maker of the game, released a statement saying: “The tragic situation that occurred Sunday in Jacksonville was a senseless act of violence that we strongly condemn. Our most heartfelt sympathies go out to the families of the victims whose lives were taken away and those who were injured.”
”All of us at Electronic Arts are devastated by this horrific event,” it said. “Our focus right now is on those affected, and supporting law enforcement as they continue their investigation into this crime.”
The March For Our Lives organization of gun-control activists started by the students in wake of the Valentines Day Parkland, Florida school shooting. “As another mass shooting plagues our home state of Florida, we continued to come together in the face of daily tragedy in order to prevent the trauma that has become too normal in our nation. Bullets do not discriminate—whether on our streets, in our schools, or at our video game tournaments. Gun violence takes many forms and we must perpetuate the necessary conversations in order to bring peace to our violent nation. Jacksonville, we are with you. Before, now, and always.”
Yesterday on Twitter I saw backlash come at Mom’s Demand Action founder Shannon Watts. The criticism is that “she pushed gun control too early...before details about the tragedy were even released.” Shannon responded: “After a fire, no one says it’s too soon to discuss codes. After a plane crash, no one says it’s too soon to discuss FAA guidelines. The most important time to discuss law that enable mass shootings is after a mass shooting. And I’ll continue to do so.”