Twitter Reacts to the Shooting at a Madden Tournament in Jacksonville, Florida

08.27.18
The live-streamed scene of the Jacksonville Landing Madden tournament moments before the shooter opened fire.

Two people were killed and 11 others injured after a gunman opened fire at a mall in Jacksonville, Fla. Sunday during a live video game tournament for the football video game, Madden.

Two gamers, Taylor Robertson, 27, and Eli Clayton, 22, were shot and killed, according to friends, family, and members of the gaming community. The gunman, identified by Jacksonville Police as David Katz of Baltimore, took his own life. Like other mass shootings in recent years, this horrific event has produced many different reactions, debates, and even nonsensical Twitter fights. Here’s what Twitter user’s had to say about Sunday’s tragedy in Jacksonville.

Outrage at media for showing mass shooters

While many people are angry with the shooter and his actions, other’s have also criticized the media for showing the shooter. As a Vox article points out, multiple studies show it can actually be harmful to show mass shooters, as it gives the notoriety/fame, and could inspire others.

Call for more gun control

People are taking to Twitter to yet again advocate for stricter gun control laws and some are blaming the National Rifle Association (NRA) for allowing this shooter (and other mass shooters in the past) to have access to guns. In Washington D.C., demonstrations are being planned to protest the NRA, in light of what happened in Jacksonville.

Outrage at Trump’s Non-response

President Donald Trump’s silence on this tragedy has upset many. 

While many conversations on Twitter and other social media sites regarding controversial topics like mass shootings will often go south, there was luckily some positive, civil discourse that came from this horrific event.

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