Jacksonville Shooting

Hayden See, Reporter

In late August, a shooter opened fire at a Madden tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, killing three innocent people.

Three people died and 11 were wounded at a Madden Football tournament last month. The shooter opened fire after becoming enraged by something unrelated to anybody involved in the incident.

“It was very crazy to see people die at what seemed like a normal everyday event. The world is definitely changing,” junior Adam Thomason said.

This shooting has reignited talks about stricter gun laws. The shooter used an automatic weapon. Supporters of gun law reform argue that if he had not been able to get his hands on such a powerful weapon the damage could have been reduced. The opposition argues he still would have found a way to acquire the weapon, even if it was illegal. Also, they say that the damage done would have been just the same, as the gun fire was in a closed space.

“I don’t feel there should be stricter gun laws per se, just more background checks. It should not be that easy for someone that mentally unstable to just get a gun and commit atrocities like this,” junior Emma Hayden said.

The two victims are identified as Taylor Robertson, 27, and Eli Clayton, 22. They were from West Virginia and California. Robertson left behind a child and a wife.

“It seems as if these shootings just keep on happening and not a single thing is being done. I may sound like a broke record, but changes need to be made. People cannot keep getting their lives taken by people who should not even be allowed to possess a gun,” junior Connor Price said,

The Madden community continues to mourn the loss of two pro players.