According to the LA Times, “The gunman who opened fire at a busy Jacksonville, Fla., pizzeria during a video game competition — killing two gamers and wounding up to nine others before killing himself — has been identified as a player who had been defeated earlier in the tournament. The suspect, David Katz, 24, of Baltimore, sometimes played under the name ‘Bread’ or ‘RavensChamp’ while competing in the national circuit of professional gamers who play ‘Madden NFL 19,’ the popular football game.”
What we have here is basically a maladjusted sore loser who took out his frustration on the rest of the crowd. Katz, of Baltimore, killed two and wounded nine more before killing himself. Over a video game.
And just like in the living room — where emotions can run so high that players use the term “rage quitting” for sore losers who won’t play to the end — professional matches can be tense. The stakes can be thousands of dollars, larger audiences and sometimes just honor.
But the violence stays onscreen. At least until Sunday.
Braheem Johnson, a cook at the grill, caught a glimpse of the shooter, whom he described as a young male of average build who fired into the crowd using a large caliber handgun with a laser sight attachment.
“I just heard shots and I looked at the window and I see him,” Johnson said. “Dude came in there, basically like, to kill … He was just in his rampage mode.”
There’s no word yet as to how the NRA is judged to be responsible for this afternoon’s shooting, but give David Hogg, Shannon Watts and Andrew Cuomo 24 hours to come up with a rationale and the appropriate outraged sound bites.
Democrats call for gun control hours after Jacksonville mass shooting https://t.co/ul1jBI6DRO
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 27, 2018
Gun violence is political because lobbyists pay our politicians for their inaction. Gun violence is a uniquely American crisis for that reason.
Don’t bother tweeting me “It’s too soon to talk about our nation’s lax gun laws.” For the Jacksonville victims, it’s too late. https://t.co/sH2FJ2MdCb
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 26, 2018