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There Are So Many Shootings In The US, Trump And Biden Can’t Even Remember Which Towns Were Attacked

Major facepalm.

Earlier this week, the world was rocked by the news that two mass shootings, occurring just 13 hours apart in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, left at least 31 people dead and dozens injured.

Following the shocking events, the Internet exploded with desperate pleas for gun-control reform, and for the powers at be to simply “do something.” With that said, you’d think the first logical step would be getting the basic details of the events correct, but apparently even that is impossible.

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Both President Trump and Joe Biden have addressed the shootings, and in a major facepalm moment, both have mixed up the locations of where they occurred.

During his address from the White House on Monday, Trump said, “May God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo…May God protect them.” That’s nice, Don – but the shooting didn’t happen in Toledo, it happened in Dayton. 

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Biden made a similar gaffe on Sunday during a fundraising event in California. The former Vice President said, “the tragic events in Houston today and also in Michigan the day before.” The politician corrected his mistake, but it was too late, and he’d already confused Houston with El Paso, and Ohio with Michigan. Yikes.

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It’s a red-faced moment for Trump and Biden, but are we really that surprised? According to the Gun Violence archive, which tracks every mass shooting in the States, 2019 is the first year since 2016 with an average of more than one mass shooting a day. 

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That’s more mass shootings than days this year. There have been so many incredibly violent and incredibly tragic incidents in the U.S. this year, even the country’s leaders can’t keep track. 

Trump says that “hate has no place,” in the U.S. and that “we’re going to take care of it,” but that means real, tangible change needs to occur, and it needs to occur immediately.

A Seesaw Has Been Installed At The Mexico Border And It's Literally Breaking Through Barriers

"What happens in one place has an impact on another."

Breaking down cultural barriers is no easy feat, but two geniuses have managed to come close by installing a hot pink seesaw at the US-Mexico border.

Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, who are the co-founders of the studio Rael San Fratello, came up with the “Teetertotter Wall” which originally began in 2009 as conceptual drawings.

In an Instagram post, Rael explained that bringing the seesaw to life has been “one of the most incredible experiences of my and [San Fratello’s] career,” and that putting it together was “an event filled with joy, excitement, and togetherness at the border wall.”

“The wall became a literal fulcrum for US-Mexico relations and children and adults that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side,” he wrote.

The installment of the seesaws couldn’t have come at a more pivotal time, considering recent reports of the mistreatment of migrants at the US border stations. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that more than 900 migrant children have been separated from their families over the past year.

The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services has weighed in on the Rael and San Fratello’s Teetertotter Wall, writing on Twitter, “Art is such a powerful vehicle for change.”

“A beautiful installation at our southern border that reminds us that: “Actions that take place on one side have direct consequences on the other…We are all connected. We are all one.”

It’s a moving message of unity and shows that making meaningful connections with one another will only make the world a better place. 

The 1975's New Single Is A Huge Slap In The Face For Climate Change Deniers

Time to wake up.

Instead of blessing us with yet another banger, British band The 1975 have released a new single containing a very powerful and important message about climate change.

The track features 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg speaking over the band’s minimal background music: “We are right now in the beginning of a climate and ecological crisis. And we need to call it what it is. An emergency.”

“We must acknowledge that we do not have the situation under control and that we don’t have all the solutions yet. Unless those solutions mean that we simply stop doing certain things,” she continued.

“We are facing a disaster of unspoken sufferings for enormous amounts of people. And now is not the time for speaking politely or focusing on what we can or cannot say. Now is the time to speak clearly.”

“…So, everyone out there, it is now time for civil disobedience. It is time to rebel,” she ended her moving speech.

Thunberg announced via social media that all profits from the release of the track will go to socio-political movement Extinction Rebellion.

The young activist addressed legislators at France’s parliament this week where she told them to “unite behind the science” of climate change, and said “you don’t have to listen to us, but you do have to listen to the science.”

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Thunberg’s words couldn’t have come at a more pivotal time. According to BBC news, action will need to be taken in the next 18 months to deal with the global heating crisis, amongst other environment concerns. Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that to keep the rise of global temperatures below 1.5C this century, we would need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 45% by 2030. 

Clearly, we’re seriously running out of time, and every little action we take now is critical.

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