NRA TV Host Criticizes Gamer's 'Deadly' Headphones Following Jacksonville Madden Tournament Shooting

NRA TV host Grant Stinchfield has hit out at gamers wearing headphones at the "Madden NFL 19" tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, in the wake of the mass shooting which left three dead, including the suspected gunman.

Referring to a video of someone watching a livestream of the tournament online, Stinchfield suggests that because the person recording was wearing headphones, they were not "aware of their surroundings."

Believing the clip from Twitter user @LaYzR96 was recorded over someone's shoulder live from the GLHF Game Bar where the shooting occurred, Stinchfield said: "If you listen over the talking that person doesn't hear the shots. Why? Because their headphones are on. This is another example of people not being aware of their surroundings.

"I heard at least four, or five, or six shots while that person was taking a cellphone video of the game," he continued. "There's no running for cover, there's not even any looking around. They're still focused on the screen in front of them as someone is firing a handgun through the crowd."

As well as the clip not being recorded from inside the pizzeria and mall in Jacksonville where the shooting occurred, no one in the clip is wearing headphones. Instead, a cellphone is held close to a pair which are resting on a monitor so the recording can pick up the sound of the gun fire.

Neverless, Stinchfield described the clip as proof of the dangers of wearing headphones. "If they're so loud you can't hear what's going on around you, you are living in your own world. That can become deadly."

NRA TV, and Stinchfield in particular, has often suggested ways in which victims of mass shootings could avoid being shot, often by saying they should have their own gun, noted Media Matters.

A gamer wears headphones while playing a game at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3, in Los Angeles, California June 10, 2014. NRA TV host Grant Stinchfield criticized what he believable was a victim of the Jacksonville attack for not hearing the shooting over his headphones. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

Stinchfield again hit out at the suggestion that tighter gun laws in the U.S. would have prevented the tragedy. "I don't live in Disneyland, I realize evil will always exist," he said. "The idea that guns will never exist if somehow we pass more laws is a fairytale. History has proven this.

"The other fairytale is to blame the gun and not the shooter, there may be other blame to go around. It almost is revealed that there were missed signs leading up to a shooting like this.

"What I will not do is speculate and I will not waiver on pushing back against those who wrongly blame law abiding gun owners on this and specifically the NRA."

Elijah Clayton, 22, of Woodland Hills, California, and 28-year-old Taylor Robertson of Giles, West Virginia, were identified by the Jacksonville Sherriff's Office as the victims in the Jacksonville shooting.

According to court documents seen by the Associated Press, suspected gunman David Katz was hospitalized for mental illness as well as previously being prescribed antipsychotic and antidepressant medications.


— ap (@Pender2k) August 26, 2018