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Father of slain Parkland teen slams ‘incompetent’ Betsy DeVos for ignoring the role of guns in school shootings

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On Tuesday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos informed senators that the commission to study school safety—launched in response to the Parkland massacre that killed 17—will not study the role guns play in mass shootings.

“That is not part of the commission’s charge per se,” DeVos told a Senate subcommittee, the Associated Press reports.

“We are actually studying school safety and how we can ensure our students are safe at school.”

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Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) noted the absurdity. “So you are studying gun violence, but not considering the role of guns.”

Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime Guttenberg was killed at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, is also not impressed by DeVos’ leadership on the issue of school safety.

“Why would you look at guns?,” he tells Raw Story sarcastically. “Is it too soon to say she’s the most incompetent secretary of education ever? Or even the most incompetent official in this entire administration?”

Guttenberg tells Raw Story that DeVos inability to  do her job—and the entire administration’s fealty to the gun lobby and the NRA—should inspire Americans to vote.

“She just gave this country the reason they need to show up to the polls in record numbers,” Guttenberg says.

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“She just gave this country the reason to know that right now we have a government that doesn’t care about our safety. They care about the NRA and gun lobby but they don’t want to really talk about safety.”
 


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England pubs reopen on US Independence Day — after first nationwide closure since 1665’s Great Plague

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The streets of Soho filled with merry drinkers in London on Saturday and the pubs of Manchester were packed as England's hospitality sector returned from a three-month coronavirus hiatus.

"It feels amazing," said Leo Richard Bill, a soldier, after getting through the door of one of London's buzziest restaurants on the Thames River's popular south bank.

"It’s been what, like three months since... me and everyone else haven’t been able to get outside and have a good time. So yeah, it feels good to get amongst it," he said.

Parts of London and other cities, deserted during lockdown, sprang to life as people dressed up and came out for "Super Saturday" -- the day England's hospitality sector reopened for the first time since March.

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Trump’s angry words and Coronavirus surge darken Independence Day weekend in America

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The United States marked an unusually somber Independence Day on Saturday, with President Donald Trump bashing domestic opponents and China -- but praising the country's coronavirus response, despite a record surge in cases.

Across the country, virus fears dampened or nixed Main Street parades, backyard barbecues and family reunions on a day when Americans typically celebrate their 1776 declaration of independence from Britain.

Instead of adopting a unifying tone, Trump -- facing a tough re-election and eager to mobilize his political base -- railed against protesters demanding racial justice after unarmed African American George Floyd was killed by a white police officer.

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‘Spoiler’ Kanye West mocked for running for president against his pal Trump: ‘2020 never fails to disappoint’

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President Donald Trump appears to have lost the support of one of his most well-known Black supporters as Kanye West announced on Saturday that he is running for president.

“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States,” West posted on Twitter, with the hashtag #2020VISION.

The musician was mocked for his presidential bid, here's some of what people were saying:

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