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Fox News uses New Zealand’s new ban on semi-automatic rifles to falsely claim the ‘vast majority’ of Americans use them

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Fox & Friends” wasted no time attacking those who are cheering New Zealand‘s quick and logical response to the terror attack it suffered less than a week ago. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced overnight that she has banned all assault rifles and military-style semi-automatic weapons after a white supremacist massacred 50 people.

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Fox News’ Jedediah Bila used a tweet from Senator Bernie Sanders to falsely claim the “vast majority” of Americans use assault weapons, and to decry the use of the term because it “offends” gun advocates.

“Let me just jump in and say that term ‘assault weapons’ offends many Second Amendment advocates across the country. Semi-automatic weapons are used by a vast majority of people in this country to protect themselves.”

Currently, there are an estimated 15 to 20 million assault weapons in the U.S. and 327 million people in America, so “a vast majority of people in this country” do not use assault weapons to protect themselves.

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Also, as Media Matters’ Bobby Lewis noted, the term “assault rifle” or “assault weapon” was invented by gun manufacturers, “in order to sell more guns.”

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Media Matters produced a lengthy history on assault weapons including the usage of the term.

When asked about “approaches to prevent mass shootings at schools,” Gallup reports 56 percent of Americans say they support “Banning the sale of semi-automatic weapons such as the AR-15.”

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Fox News host: Teachers practicing COVID safety are like ‘George Wallace standing in the school door’

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Fox News host Mark Levin on Sunday accused teachers who want COVID-19 safety measures of re-enacting Jim Crow-era segregation rules.

Levin made the remarks during a rant about President Donald Trump's executive action on COVID-19 financial relief.

"Democrat governors have shut down this economy from sea to shining sea," Levin opined. "And they like it both ways, the Democrats. They want to lock up everybody like we're lamb in cages and then they want to complain about the economic consequences."

"And then they say, this president, look what he's doing," he continued. "Let me tell you, payback is a bitch. You remember Obama with his phone and his pen. Well, apparently he left his phone and his pen and President Trump picked it up."

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Mnuchin threatens to make taxpayers pay back COVID money unless Trump is reelected

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin suggested on Sunday that Americans will have to pay the government back for any payroll tax reduction unless President Donald Trump is reelected.

In an interview on FOX, host Chris Wallace noted that the president's latest executive action on COVID-19 financial relief is "not a tax cut."

"It's a payroll tax suspension," Wallace explained. "Isn't there a danger that a lot of businesses won't pass these saving through to workers because they're going to hold on to the money because at some point, according to this executive action by the end of the year, those payroll taxes are going to be have to be paid anyway?"

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Virtual learning means unequal learning

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WASHINGTON — Karen Reyes, who teaches deaf and hard-of-hearing children in Austin, Texas, worries about her first-grade pupils who will be learning online this fall. She’s concerned that virtual learning is harder for younger, special needs children, especially those who may not have as much support at home as students in more affluent communities.“It has brought out a lot of the inequities in our district, especially in special education,” Reyes said of the distance learning program.In her school, 93% of the students are considered economically disadvantaged, according to a city estimate.“Eit... (more…)

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