Nov 20 2014

News Flash: Real and Potential Gun Violence in Florida and Ferguson, Sen. Warren’s Opposition to Obama Pick, and UK, UC Protests on Education

Uprising’s guest expert Arun Gupta, a Journalist and regular contributor to the Guardian, In These Times, The Progressive, and Truthout, analyzes today’s news headlines.

An armed man opened fire early this morning at a library on the campus of Florida State University, shooting three students. One student is critically injured and two others are in stable condition. The gun-man was confronted by campus police and fatally shot. So far no names have been released of either the shooter or the victims. Meanwhile, in another gun-related story, weapons sales in and around Ferguson, Missouri have spiked sharply ahead of the highly anticipated Grand Jury decision of whether or not to indict police office Darren Wilson. Gun stores report that their products are flying off shelves and even police acknowledge that the coming decision has the entire community on edge. The state of Missouri in recent years relaxed its gun control laws considerably and a study this year found that deaths from gun violence rose 16% statewide. Click here for a Florida State University article and here for a CBS News article about Ferguson.

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who won her seat primarily because of her strong consumer advocacy, has written a withering op-ed denouncing President Obama’s recent decision to name Antonio Weiss for the position of Under Secretary for Domestic Finance at the Treasury Department. Weiss has spent the last 20 years as a Wall Street insider, heading the investment firm Lazard, overseeing corporate mergers and acquisitions. He oversaw Burger King’s recent acquisition of the Canadian firm Tim Horton’s, enabling that company to engage in what is called “corporate inversion,” a fancy term for avoiding paying US taxes. Sen. Warren slammed Obama’s choice of Weiss, saying “Enough is enough,” and that, “Neither his background nor his professional experience makes him [a] qualified” candidate. Click here for a Commondreams article about the story.

And finally, more than ten thousand students marched in London yesterday demanding free public education in the UK. The march was in response to announced austerity measures and increasing privatization that would increase the cost of education. The main organizing groups, in a joint letter, said, “We are determined to build a movement too big to ignore that puts free, accessible and public education back on the political agenda.” They cited Germany’s recent decision to cut all tuition and fees, proving that it is indeed possible. Meanwhile here in the US, the University of California Board of Regents just voted yesterday to raise tuition 27.6 % over five years, overriding vehement opposition by California Gov. Jerry Brown, and the voices of students protesting outside the building. Per the increase, UC’s in-state students would pay more than $15,000 a year by 2019. Click here for a Commondreams article about the story.

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