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After mass shooting, NRA-backed Florida AG focuses on video games instead of gun control

In a three-minute Fox News interview, Pam Bondi said zero about gun violence after more mass gun violence.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R)
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R), on Fox & Friends on Monday. CREDIT: Fox News screenshot.

After a mass shooting on Sunday at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, left two dead and 11 wounded, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) — a favorite of the National Rifle Association — does not seem to think that guns were much of a concern.

During a three-minute long interview on Fox & Friends on Monday, Bondi declined to discuss the ongoing investigation. Instead she delivered a warning to parents — not about guns, but about video game settings.

“Parents need to be really careful, in general, on all of these games because predators can find you, based on location services,” she said. “So please, parents, any of these games these kids are playing, check locations services. I know Minecraft, we talked about that in the past. I don’t know about Fortnite. But they’re playing all over the country. The scary things is they can find out where your 13-year-old is sitting at home playing playing that game.”

She made no mention of the need to keep guns, like the one used in the Jacksonville shooting, out of the hands of kids.

While geo-location safety is important, it is worth noting that the shooting happened at an in-person video game competition. The competitors were playing Madden NFL 19 in a pizzeria, making location tagging irrelevant in this case. Still, Bondi focused her warning on this, rather than even mentioning concrete policy solutions to reduce gun violence.

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The National Rifle Association has called Bondi a “strong supporter of the Second Amendment” who has “has long been a friend of our organizations.”