After a month of media attention-grabbing shootings in Isla Vista, California, Las Vegas, and now at an Oregon high school, President Obama devoted some time in a Tuesday Q&A session on Tumblr.com to these sad incidents, saying that we should “be ashamed” to have failed to address these tragedies.

Now, failing to solve the real problem of gun violence means one thing only to executive power – that there have been no gun control measures passed for private citizens. Considering the blood on the hands of Obama – who is “really good at killing” and all – it feels repellent to see him mourning people who lost their lives to their fellow Americans.

More to the point, though, with that answer Obama was simply perpetuating – sincerely or cynically, it hardly matters – the cultural myth that a few more laws will stop people from committing murder. And more to the point still, the myth that violence is only wrong when it’s committed by private citizens sans an official uniform. Homicide, rape, assault, and every other type of crime has plunged in the last two decades. Between 1993 and 2010, the gun homicide rate was halved. (The reason for the dramatic decline in national crime since the 1990s is still being debated by criminologists and sociologists.) That’s not something you see stressed in terrified, post-Columbine, post-Virginia Tech, Post-Sandy Hook media narratives. (Certainly not when the perpetrators of any shootings can be tied to the right in any fashion.) Instead, we must do something about school, workplace shootings – anywhere there’s violence where it shouldn’t be. But the offered solution is invariably disarm people, or add more laws, or further restrictions on the rights to bear arms. Restrictions on police or government actions are not even considered for a moment.

Like their president, the “left” are dead-convinced that more laws will fix myriad social problems, including mass shootings. And the more moderate of them, such as Gawker’s Adam Weinstein, will even brush over the alarming state of police in this country while they are busy advocating for further gun control for private citizens. Gawker constantly covers police misconduct and brutality, yet after the Isla Vista shooting, Weinstein’s laundry list of “never again” suggestions includes “More cops. Not armed private citizens, cops.” You know, “a guy whom we as a society have decided is good. Don’t trust cops? Then work to create better-trained, savvier cops. Don’t complain about the evils of policing like it means something.”

After every police shooting – just or otherwise – the clichés roll out from the PR flaks: “officer safety is paramount”, “split-second decision”, “reached for waistband” and “our officers felt threatened.” To question whether an individual tasked with legal lethal force should have waited to make sure the old woman concerned over a potential break-in, the teenage graffiti artist running away, or the peaceful protester was a real threat is to not care whether these brave officers live or die…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve Stockman Friday asked the National Security Agency to turn over all its metadata on the email accounts of former Internal Revenue Service Exempt Organizations division director Lois Lerner for the period between January 2009 and April 2011.

The request comes just hours after the IRS claimed it “lost” all of Lerner’s emails to or from Lerner and outside agencies or groups during that period, in which she allegedly coordinated with the White House, House Democrats and political groups to harass and deny tax-exempt status to groups critical of the President. The IRS blames a “computer glitch” for erasing the emails which could have implicated Agency employees in illegal activity.

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Why should anyone trust a government that has condoned torture, spied on at least 35 world leaders, supports indefinite detention, places bugs in thousands of computers all over the world, kills innocent people with drone attacks, promotes the post office to log mail for law enforcement agencies and arbitrarily authorizes targeted assassinations? Or, for that matter, a president that instituted the Insider Threat Program, which was designed to get government employees to spy on each other and ‘turn themselves and others in for failing to report breaches,’ which includes ‘any unauthorized disclosure of anything, not just classified materials.’
—  Professor Henry Giroux

This is what I was in DC to support and these Senators just voted NO! They voted for the Rich instead of helping the next generation of home owners, car owners, employers, small businesses, and parents to be able to refinance their student loans. This type of actions will be felt for a long time. We must stand up and demand the passing of the Warren Bill. It is important to all current and future students… Don’t let their inaction be forgotten. Send a strong message!

One began this way: “I’m currently worth more dead (with my life insurance policy) than alive (with my student loan debt).” Another writer said she became disabled during her college years, and went on SSDI. Her loan, worth $57,000, is now in default, and she is curious whether her disability payments will be cut as a result. One said simply, “Why do I have to make a life-changing decision of what job I’ll have for the rest of my life when only a week prior I had to ask to use the bathroom?”
—  The Exciting-but-Depressing Obama-Tumblr Student-Loan Summit - The Daily Beast, a great piece by adulting, one of the amazing bloggers who helped select questions for #ObamaIRL this week
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CNN and Tumblr have teamed up for the first time to invite viewers
worldwide to submit questions to Hillary Clinton for CNNs Global Townhall,
moderated by Christiane Amanpour. “CNN has a history of pushing the
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Today, live from the White House State Dining Room, President Obama took to
Tumblr to respond to some of the thousands of questions that Americans
across the country asked via Tumblr about all things education. The event
followed the executive action …
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NEW YORK (MainStreet) — It made sense for the first Tumblr-enabled White
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President Barack Obama hosted David Karp, CEO and co-founder of Tumblr, and
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to take a job they dont …
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hard rule, based on U.S. federal and state legislation. “But Im, like, 12.9
years old!” you plead. Nope, sorry. If youre younger than 13, dont use
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Did Obama Prove to Tumblr That Hes Hip? An Investigation
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“Youre laughing because you think, what does he know about Tumblr?” Obama
said on Monday, ahead of his talk with Karp. “But you will recall that I
have two teenage daughters — so I am hip to all these things.” At the White
House event, the president …

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President Obama, having held Twitter town halls in the past, hits social
media again Tuesday by appearing on Tumblr to talk about student loans.
During the afternoon session hosted by Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp,
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President Obama Hits Up The Youths On Tumblr

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The President took to Tumblr today, answering users’ questions on topics
relating to education. It was another example of the President using
alternative mediums to attract the attention of young Americans. Notably,
and infamously to some, the President …

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comaniddy: Ohmyglob Ohmyglob Ohmyglob Oh my glob! On Tuesday (6/10/14),
Tumblr and President Obama will be discussing Education at the White House.

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Obama Will Take Your Questions Now, on Tumblr - Mashable

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Obama Will Take Your Questions Now, on Tumblr
Mashable
President Barack Obama will host a live Q&A on Tumblr called on
Tuesday to discuss education, college affordability and student debt. See
also: White House Science Fair Kids Are Smarter Than Obama, Says Obama.
David Karp, Tumblrs …

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Obama to field student loan questions on Tumblr - McClatchy Washington
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Posted: 10 Jun 2014 04:15 AM PDT
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Obama to field student loan questions on Tumblr
McClatchy Washington Bureau
President Barack Obama will participate in a question-and-answer session
live on Tumblr Tuesday to highlight the importance of reducing escalating
college debt, according to a White House official. Before the event, the
White Houses Council of …

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Posted: 05 Jun 2014 02:53 AM PDT
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Thoughts on the White House Social:
  • First off:  Experience of a life time.  The White House doesn’t give tours anymore, so being able to go *in* is a treat, and then to sit in the State Dining room just a few feet a way from the President for an hour?  Awesome!
  • I wondered exactly how or why we all were chosen.  There were about a 100 of us there, and it seemed maybe 20 of those were tumblr staffers.  It became apparent that all of the bloggers there cared about the issue deeply—either they were in college admissions, were teachers like myself, or college students trying to figure finances out.  (One girl had to get back for her senior prom.  So cute.) 
  • I wasn’t surprised that it wasn’t an open Q & A.  I was WAS surprised that it appeared that no one there—other than chels, I know for sure—had their question asked.  I thought there would be more, “Here’s David, he asked….”  and “This here is Haley, and she wants to know…”
  • So we were essentially a live audience for an interview/press conference on a very important issue. 
  • I think tumblr missed an opportunity to really celebrate community there.  It was a bright, intelligent group of people.  We instantly were talking, “What’s your blog?  What do you blog about?  What do you do?  Where are you from?”  I wanted to sit down and talk to everyone there…which reminds me…
  • I got there absurdly early and a tumblr staffer also early said, “You’re not at [random cafe]?”  And I was all, “Nope!”  and he said, “Yeah, [staffer] was taking some of the blogger to [random cafe]”  *pulls up his email to check* “Yep, she’s got some people down there!”  And sure enough later, a staffer shows up with maybe 12 tumblrs in tow.  A lot of us didn’t get that email.  (I know, “Wah, wah, GWALP wasn’t invited to the big kid’s party…”)
  • So I know you can’t fit 80-100 tumblrs in a starbucks, but with the about of staffers they had there, would it have been hard for some to “host” a group of maybe 15-20 at some nearby locations for a mini meetup?  That would’ve been an amazing opportunity to not only extend the event and also build excitement online and IRL. 
  • This was my second time seeing Obama speak.  The first time was in the primaries in 2008.  I covered a campaign stop in Terre Haute for the newspaper.  He’s an excellent public speaker and he knows his content.  I can tell he’s gotten older though, for sure!
  • All the Armed Forces officers working the White House were so polite and nice!  (And cuuuuuuute!)
  •  Like I said, it was awesome.  I learned a lot about the Warren bill and what is a breaking, crumbling student loan system.  I’m still learning more about it, but I know I can help my students make decisions in this big, important decision for their lives. 

Any questions for me about the trip?

Watching Obama’s interview about student debt.  Halfway through, he’s said little to nothing that might assist me or any other people that went to college to work low paying jobs that better the community.  Nursing school was expensive dude. Get your shit together.

Takeaways from Tuesday’s excursion to the White House.

“I think too many of us see college as a box to check or a place to have fun and extend adolescence, as opposed to a opportunity for each of us to figure out what is it that we’re good at, what is it that we care about, what is it that we’re willing to invest a lot of time and effort and energy into, how do we hone some skills or interests or attributes that we already have. And as a consequence, I think young people waste a lot of time in school.

Education is not a passive thing. You don’t tip your head and somebody pours it into your ear. It is an active process of you figuring out the world and your place in it.

Look, nobody expects that somebody who is 16 automatically knows exactly what they want to do, and people may change their minds repeatedly. But what we can do is expose young people to enough actual work and occupations that they start getting a feel for what they would be interested in.”

-President Obama

And I’m glad I didn’t get a selfie.

Read more.  Thanks Tumblr staff!

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