ATX Festival Cancels Violence on TV Panel After Orlando Shooting

"Today does not feel like the time to have it."
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The scene outside Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday.

The ATX Television Festival has canceled a violence-themed panel after the deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., the largest in U.S. history. 

The Sunday panel, Viewer Discretion Advised, was to tackle the subject of violence on television, headlined by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter.

"Out of respect for the victims of the tragedy in Orlando last night, we won't be holding the Viewer Discretion Advised panel today," the annual Austin, Texas, TV festival shared from its official Twitter account.

Adding, "While it is a very important conversation to have, today does not feel like the time to have it. Viewer Discretion Advised panel cancelled."

Early Sunday morning, a gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside Pulse, an Orlando gay nightclub, before being killed in a gunfight with SWAT officers. Orlando city Mayor Buddy Dyer said that 50 have died and 53 are injured. 

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