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Rick Santorum Thinks Students Should Learn CPR Instead Of Fighting For Gun Control

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This is ABSURD

Following the success of March For Our Lives, we were all on a bit of a high knowing that the efforts of the student survivors were effecting change—but leave it to dumb comments from a former GOP presidential candidate to send us crashing back to earth.

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum angered everyone with a working brain and conscience earlier today when he suggested on CNN's State of the Union that, rather than protesting gun violence, students would find more value in learning to perform CPR.

"How about kids instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations that when there is a violent shooter that you can actually respond to that," Santorum suggested during the segment.

When Brianna Keilar reasonably responded, "But how are they looking to other people? They took action," Santorum responded, "Yeah, they took action to ask someone to pass a law. They didn't take action to say, 'How do I, as an individual, deal with this problem?'"

Santorum's suggestion is offensive and ridiculous on several levels. To say that CPR would be a useful skill for students in case of an active shooter at their school is a statement that can be made only by someone who does not comprehend the true gravity of the situation. And when he says the students are not taking action, it undermines the time and emotional effort the survivors of the Parkland shooting have invested into the #NeverAgain movement.

To suggest these students are looking to someone else to solve their problems paints them as spoiled and undeserving—a narrative far, far different from the truth. The students' efforts to reduce gun violence by attacking it at the root—working to get politicians to enforce stricter gun laws to avoid senseless shootings—have been nothing short of courageous and inspirational, and it's a sickening picture to watch Santorum belittle it on television.

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.



But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.


The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.

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Photos courtesy of American Apparel

The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.

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