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YouTube has spawned a lot of egregiously stupid crap: Everything from a high-profile scandal over a video gawking at a suicide victim in a Japanese forest to a vlogger wearing a Nazi armband at a Donald Trump rally as part of a "social experiment". But an incident where an 22-year-old man allegedly ran around a Disney resort in Florida warning of an active shooter so he could film peoples' reactions really takes the cake.

Authorities have identified the suspect in the mass shooting at YouTube's headquarters, which ended in four injuries and the death of the shooter, as YouTuber Nasim Aghdam, who made videos about topics ranging from animal rights and veganism to bodybuilding.

Police have not named any motive in the attack, but Aghdam has now been widely reported to have been very, very angry about the same issue as a lot of YouTubers: content moderation, and specifically a wave of demonetization incidents that have killed ad revenue for many of the site's small creators.

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have churned out across the US on the weekend to support the March for Our Lives movement demanding action on gun control and that US politicians begin standing up to the National Rifle Association. That movement is spearheaded by student survivors of mass shootings, particularly those who attended the Parkland, Florida high school where a gunman killed at least 17 people in February, and the NRA hasn't been quiet about how it feels about all this.

After the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14 resulted in at least 17 deaths and 14 injuries, the pro-gun rights crowd trotted out a number of frustratingly familiar arguments. One of them, per Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, was that it would be impossible to effectively regulate firearms like the AR-15 used in the attack without banning all semi-automatic rifles.

The essence of virtual reality's appeal is immersing yourself in a role you normally wouldn't or couldn't in real life. Close your eyes and suddenly you're a viking or a detective dressed as a bat. But, in our somber reality, US teachers may soon find themselves forced into virtual roles they never chose for themselves: ballistic experts, first responders, crisis coordinators.