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Multiple Fatalities in Jacksonville Mass Shooting

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by Axios | Updated on 8.27.18

At least three people are dead — along with the shooter, believed to be a 24-year-old Baltimore man — at a Madden video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, Sunday afternoon, per the AP.

The details: Nine others were shot and two others were injured fleeing the shooting, according to the AP report. Officials are still waiting to confirm the shooter's identity, adding that there are no other outstanding suspects.


(Photo Credit: @BrittneyANJax via Twitter)

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  • John.Nutt
    08/26/2018
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    Nobody jump to conclusions here. We still don’t have all the facts..... 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼perfect example of why you shouldn’t jump to facts. The guy was from Baltimore. Not Florida👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

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  • Karla
    08/26/2018
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    Hey Florida reps! Seriously, are you not fucking tired of people dying in your state from gun violence? In MASSES?? Can’t wait to vote all you evil people out 👋🏽👋🏽👋🏽👋🏽

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  • CombatVeteran
    08/26/2018
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    Gun control doesn't work. It's been proven time and time again. Stop blaming an inanimate object for the actions of criminals and deranged individuals. It doesn't matter what they use to commit their carnage, they will carry it out however they can. Look at the statistics to find out just how insignificant gun violence is in the scheme of things. You're more likely to get struck by lightning than you are too get shot. The proof is in the pudding.

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  • Robert
    08/26/2018
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    Here are initial steps Congress can take to reduce gun violence and promote public health. -Ban all automatic and semi-automatic rifles and shotguns. -Ban magazines/clips holding over 6 rounds for all firearms. -Ban hollow point ammunition and bullets that twist or yaw in flight. -Require registration and insurance for all firearms. -21 day waiting period for purchase. -Revolvers holding 6 rounds remain legal -Pistols holding magazines with fewer than 6 rounds legal. -Single action bolt, lever, or pump rifles and shotguns with magazines or clips holding 6 or fewer rounds remain legal -Mandatory background checks. -Require mandatory gun violence studies on gun violence. Take the donations you receive from the NRA and publicly announce that you are giving those donations to organization and municipalities that embark on measures to improve school safety and public health. Then lead the effort to create laws that reduce gun violence in America.

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  • Roger
    08/26/2018
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    Another lunatic who does not care about gun laws, with a gun, in an area where good law biding citizens can not carry a gun to protect themselves. No surprises here or shock. Stop disarming good guys and the bad guys won’t be able to do this kind of thing anymore.

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  • Chickie
    08/26/2018
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    Once again, prayers sent for the families...once again nothing else will be done to end these masacres. This time the shooter was angry because he was eliminated from a John Madden 2019 on-line gaming event. #45 offered federal help to FL Governor, Rick Scott. Federal help is not, cannot be, enough. Without gun control, we will continue lose the battle against guns. We need intelligent parameters in place, i.e., making the 3-D gun software illegal, (including downloading, selling the software), making ALL semi-automatic and automatic firearms illegal, each adult in a household with a gun must be placed on a register, increasing the age to own a gun to 21 years old nationwide. We need to charge those who break gun laws to not only serve time in prison, but must perform mandatory service in cemeteries (ditch digging, weeding, etc.) If we do not enact gun laws, mass shootings will continue. If representatives continue to line their pockets with election or reelection monies from the NRA, mass shootings will continue. #enough

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  • Dicr
    08/26/2018
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    Another mass shooting, more and more guns is not working. We need serious gun control nationwide in this country.

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  • Aaron
    08/26/2018
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    Just another day in this American life. It’s past time for action on guns.

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  • August
    08/26/2018
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    If only we had Canada’s gun laws—- Wait we can!

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  • thegreatshredman
    08/26/2018
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    First and foremost, this better not be because of Florida’s loosening of gun regulations. Also video game tournament shooting? I hope this doesn’t contribute to the widespread misconception that video games cause violence.

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  • Clint
    08/26/2018
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    Let me guess. Thoughts and prayers right. Keep them. We don’t need them anymore than we need those of you in power who choose to do nothing. HINDSIGHT is 20/20

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  • Mark
    08/27/2018
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    The majority falls prey to the delusion, popular in some circles, that ordinary people are too careless and stupid to own guns, and we would be far better off leaving all weapons in the hands of professionals on the government payroll. But the simple truth, born of experience, is that tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people... ~ Alex Kozinski

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  • SneakyPete
    08/26/2018
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    FLORIDA SHOOTING GET THE FACTS FIRSTLY we need to get more facts surrounding the events leading up to the horrific shootings. SECONDLY we need to determine who the shooter(s) were. THIRDLY and probably the most important is where or how did they obtain the weapons involved in the shootings. Finally we will hopefully not see another anti-gun outcry taking place from the left until all the facts are made aware. 8*26*18 .......... SneakyPete.

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  • burrkitty
    08/27/2018
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    FACT: MORE GUNS EQUAL MORE GUN DEATH. The gun cult can wail and knash their teeth all they want, but the science is clear and the studies PROVE IT. 1. Where there are more guns there is more homicide (literature review) A review of the academic literature found that a broad array of evidence indicates that gun availability is a risk factor for homicide, both in the United States and across high-income countries. Case-control studies, ecological time-series and cross-sectional studies indicate that in homes, cities, states and regions in the U.S., where there are more guns, both men and women are at a higher risk for homicide, particularly firearm homicide. Hepburn, Lisa; Hemenway, David. Firearm availability and homicide: A review of the literature. Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal. 2004; 9:417-40. 2. Across high-income nations, more guns = more homicide The relationship between homicide and gun availability using data from 26 developed countries from the early 1990s. They found that across developed countries, where guns are more available, there are more homicides. These results often hold even when the United States is excluded. Hemenway, David; Miller, Matthew. Firearm availability and homicide rates across 26 high income countries. Journal of Trauma. 2000; 49:985-88. 3. Across states, more guns = more homicide Using a validated proxy for firearm ownership, they analyzed the relationship between firearm availability and homicide across 50 states over a ten-year period (1988-1997). After controlling for poverty and urbanization, for every age group, people in states with many guns have elevated rates of homicide, particularly firearm homicide. Miller, Matthew; Azrael, Deborah; Hemenway, David. Household firearm ownership levels and homicide rates across U.S. regions and states, 1988-1997. American Journal of Public Health. 2002; 92:1988-1993. 4. Across states, more guns = more homicide (2) Using survey data on rates of household gun ownership, they examined the association between gun availability and homicide across states, 2001-2003. They found that states with higher levels of household gun ownership had higher rates of firearm homicide and overall homicide. This relationship held for both genders and all age groups, after accounting for rates of aggravated assault, robbery, unemployment, urbanization, alcohol consumption, and resource deprivation (e.g., poverty). There was no association between gun prevalence and non-firearm homicide. Miller, Matthew; Azrael, Deborah; Hemenway, David. State-level homicide victimization rates in the U.S. in relation to survey measures of household firearm ownership, 2001-2003. Social Science and Medicine. 2007; 64:656-64. 5. A summary of the evidence on guns and violent death This book chapter summarizes the scientific literature on the relationship between gun prevalence (levels of household gun ownership) and suicide, homicide and unintentional firearm death and concludes that where there are higher levels of gun ownership, there are more gun suicides and more total suicides, more gun homicides and more total homicides, and more accidental gun deaths. This is the first chapter in the book and provides and up-to-date and readable summary of the literature on the relationship between guns and death. It also adds to the literature by using the National Violent Death Reporting System data to show where (home or away) the shootings occurred. Suicides for all age groups and homicides for children and aging adults most often occurred in their own home. Miller M, Azrael D, Hemenway D. Firearms and violence death in the United States. In: Webster DW, Vernick JS, eds. Reducing Gun Violence in America. Baltimore MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013. 6. More guns = more homicides of police This article examines homicide rates of Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) from 1996 to 2010. Differences in rates of homicides of LEOs across states are best explained not by differences in crime, but by differences in household gun ownership. In high gun states, LEOs are 3 times more likely to be murdered than LEOs working in low-gun states. This article will hopefully bring police further into the camp of those pushing for sensible gun laws. Swedler DI, Simmons MM, Dominici F, Hemenway D. Firearm prevalence and homicides of law enforcement officers in the United States. American Journal of Public Health. 2015; 105:2042-48. This is a short sample of the work that has been done that proves MORE GUNS EQUALS MORE GUNS DEATH.

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  • Poli.Sci
    08/26/2018
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    I’d like to know first and foremost the suspect and their motives for this? Could it be online bullying from those from school? This could have been a lot of things but for reasons unknown so far, people have been killed. The gun is not the solution to the murders here and in fact the right and responsible thing to do is find the reason, back track to its origins and understand. Knowledge is a greater weapon than anything else. The suspect chose a gun but the gun did not kill all those people; instead of arguing for gun control, argue instead on the selling of such weapons on the black market and educate adults on how best to keep their guns locked up when not in use. Probably just another kid who took their parent’s weapon but again, no conclusions until the facts are known.

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  • VanillaGorilla
    08/27/2018
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    Suspect, David Katz, was armed with a large caliber handgun. Katz was 24 so he was likely able to purchase the gun legally. This, to me, seems like another case of mental illness. There must be accountability for mental stability in background checks.

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  • FreeAmerica
    08/27/2018
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    Everyone like always is jumping to the gun control topic. Gun control doesn’t affect this type of thing from happening. The FACT is that these mass shootings are carried out by people who are mentally disturbed with no regard for human life or the law. This is a mental health issue, not a gun issue and these mentally ill people would find a weapon to carry this type of thing out by any means they can.

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  • Ava
    08/26/2018
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    Our Rep here in FL 4, John Rutherford, is weak as hell on any legislation not spoon fed him by “the party”. NRA Sell-out. Former (ineffective) Jacksonville Sherriff, btw. Total wuss. Will we vote him out? Unlikely. UNLESS EVERY EDUCATED WHITE WOMAN AND EVERY SINGLE AFRICAN AMERICAN in our district votes. I will. Sick of these wimps.

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  • Mark
    08/27/2018
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    If guns kill people and are the real culprits in these situations.... then by that same logic forks make people fat and keyboards misspell words.

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  • David
    08/26/2018
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    And how will our “representatives” react? Other than thoughts and prayers... not at all. Deplorable.

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