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The Jacksonville Shooting, Which Killed 3 People At A Madden 19 Esports Tournament, Isn’t About Video Game Violence, It’s About Guns – Real Guns, And Zero Gun Control

Keep your thoughts and prayers for another time and start doing something about gun control.

A gunman opened fire today during a Madden 19 esports tournament in Jacksonville, Florida.

A notification from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office state that there was a “mass shooting” at the GLHF Game Bar, resulting “multiple fatalities” at the scene and “many” people being transported to hospital.

CNN reports that the suspected gunman has been identified as 24-year-old David Katz, who was found dead at the scene.

Additional reporting from local news outlet News 4 Jax states that Katz was a competitive gamer who was part of the Madden 19 tournament. Reports state that he opened fire at the event with a semiautomatic handgun before taking his own life.

In a press briefing, Sheriff Mike Williams stated that the suspect was deceased at the scene and there are no outstanding suspects. Two other fatalities were also confirmed, along with 13 injuries resulting from the shooting.

Drini Gjoka was one of the players injured in the shooting and he later took to Twitter to explain what happened during the incident.

Videos shared to Twitter shows two participants competing in the Madden 19 tournament. A red dot is seen on one of the player’s chests before the footage is cut and numerous gunshots are heard in the background.

Just a warning: that footage is chilling and horrific.

In the aftermath of the shooting, Twitter was flooded with prayers, thoughts, and condolences.

Jacksonville is just the latest in a near-constant series of horrific mass shootings that have occurred in America over the past months and years, and we can easily predict what will happen in the following days.

Thoughts and prayers will be tweeted by everyone, talk about sensible gun control will be brought up only to be shot down by politicians and lobbyists, and those in power will attempt to shift the conversation towards other issues that were the “real” cause for the shooting – such as video game violence and toxicity.

It’s happened so frequently over the past year or so that a mass shooting’s aftermath can be broken down like a formula. It’s horribly depressing and simply ridiculous.

But the predictable attempts to spin the Jacksonville shooting as a result of a ridiculous thing like “video game violence” or “violence culture” must be resisted.

Every time there is a mass shooting in the US, there just happens to be something other than the ready availability of guns that certain people try to blame instead: video games, heavy metal, mental illness, feminism, political correctness.

Some of those are actually worth addressing – mental health support, mainly – but not as an excuse not to address the one factor that sets American culture apart.

Talk about the real problem at hand: guns and the lack of gun control in America.

It’s always guns, and it never will not be about guns. Keep the spotlight on that pressing issue.

Any correlation between violent behaviour and video games likely has more to do with the fixations and habits of socially maladjusted young men in 2018 than the direct effects of spending a few too many hours a day playing Call Of Duty.

There’s no doubt that toxic behaviour is a major issue in gaming communities, and of course rumours are already swirling about mental health and social problems for the suspected gunman.

But put it this way: in Australia, a country with strict gun laws, that guy would not have had a handgun on him at a Madden tournament.

Keep those thoughts and prayers for another time. Instead, don’t let the Jacksonville shooting become about anything other than guns and the need for gun control.

Robert Pattinson Says He Smells Like A Crayon And I Need To Know Which Colour

Another wild yarn from R-Patz.

Robert Pattinson has gained quite a reputation for spinning wild yarns during interviews, but his most recent comments on his body odour have me truly shaken.

In a recent interview with Allure the star of the upcoming The Batman film said, “Lots of people tell me I smell like a crayon.”

The interviewer – understandably bewildered by this statement – then asked, “Like you’re made of wax?”

To which R-Patz responded, “Yes! Like I’m embalmed.”

I have so many questions. What colour crayon does Pattinson smell like? What brand? Is he using lots of crayons? And most importantly, who are these multiple people who are telling him he smells like crayon!? Is that an insult, or a compliment?

It’s not the first time Robert Pattinson’s scent has come up in conversation. Back in 2009, E! News reported that an unidentified source who worked “very closely” with the actor on New Moon said “he stinks.”

“I mean, it’s awful,” the source said. “He never showers, and it drives people on the set crazy.”

“He completely reeks,” an unidentified crew member added. Yikes.

It’s been over a decade since then, so we can only hope Robert Pattinson has swapped his lack of showering for an obsession with crayons. 

Speaking of celebrity scents, celebrity tattoo artist Lauren Winzer dishes on what Post Malone smells like on It’s Been A Big Day For…below:

During his interview with Allure, Pattinson was also asked about being recently named the “most handsome man” in the world according to science.

“It’s weird,” he said. “I never was really up for the good-looking-guy roles, because I’ve always been quite awkward when meeting people.”

“My Harry Potter role was a good-looking guy, and it was a shock that it was quite easy to get. And then in Twilight, [Edward is] beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. When I turned up for the auditions, I had done a job where I’d dyed my hair black, because I had an inch and a half of roots, and I had waxed my body. And then I had a few months where I’d been drinking beer all day, so I had this hairless, chubby body. I looked like a baby with a wig on.”

Hairless, chubby, waxed or smelling like a crayon – we’ll take Robert Pattinson any which way.

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