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Latest update : 2014-06-19

USA: Web users stand up to gun violence

In this edition: American web users speaking out against gun violence; an online campaign aimed at exposing over packed passengers; and a dog that plays football …

USA: WEB USERS STAND UP TO GUN VIOLENCE

Barack Obama there, speaking out in favour of tougher gun controls following Tuesday`s fatal shooting at a high school in the north western state of Oregon, which left one student dead. It’s the third killing in the US in less than a month, and has prompted the president to call for some national “soul searching” over gun violence.

This latest tragedy has sparked lively debate online, with many taking to social networks to comment on the growing number of armed attacks in high schools and universities across the country. Web users are asking how many students need to die before proper measures are taken to wipe out the problem once and for all. 

As illustrated on this map put together by a journalist for the "Huffington Post", the situation is getting worse… according to the document there have been 74 school shootings since December 2012, more than one every week. Barack Obama has vowed to reverse this alarming trend and is urging citizens to lobby members of US Congress and convince them to adopt stricter gun control laws.

But as a number of Twitter users are pointing out, the influential pro-gun rights lobby, the National Rifle Association, might have something to say about this … so web users are urging their fellow citizens to take a stand against the NRA, saying it is partly responsible for the spate of shootings… not everyone is of the same opinion however, supporters of the NRA have also spoken out online, saying the group is committed to preventing gun-related violence.

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

Thousands of Pakistani web users have been posting under the ironic “How not to eliminate Taliban in Pakistan” hashtag highlighting what they describe as the government`s incompetence in dealing with terrorism. The hashtag started trending after a series of fatal attacks in Karachi at the beginning of the week. Angry web users are demanding the government and the military do more to tackle extremists.

ONLINE CAMPAIGN AIMS TO EXPOSE OVERPACKED TRAVELERS

Weary of airlines not enforcing sizing rules, American web user Spud Hilton has embarked on a campaign urging passengers to help expose over-packed travelers, people he says who are flouting the carry-on restrictions and guidelines, leading to delays and longer boarding times. He is posting pictures and videos of offenders to social networks, and calling on others to do the same. 

And Spud Hilton`s idea is starting to gain ground on social networks, where it`s getting a warm reception from web users. Many have followed his lead and have also started sharing pics of passengers totally disregarding the rules for hand luggage. They are posting the images under the #carryonshame hashtag, along with the name of the airport where they were taken. 

But although many have joined Spud Hilton`s online crusade, some have put forward that perhaps it`s not the passengers fault and the airlines are actually to blame. The people who posted these tweets for example say hold luggage charges have become increasingly costly over the past few years, and it’s not surprising passengers are trying to board planes with oversized cases. 

STATS OF THE DAY

This infographic entitled “A Facebook Minute” was produced by the Sumo Coupon site and reveals some fascinating figures. Over 243,000 photos are uploaded to the social network in this short space of time, 150,000 messages are sent, and 100,000 friend requests are made… as we can see the site is as popular as ever …

WEBSITE SHOWS HOW OLD YOU REALLY ARE

With the "You`re getting old" platform, you can learn how many times your heart has beaten since you were born or how many birthday cake candles you have blown out so far … this fun tool generates a host of interesting stats depending on the date of birth you enter. So someone born on the 11th of June 1984 for example has been alive for 10,957 days, has taken around 255 million breaths and blown out 465 candles … this could make you feel rather old … 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Purin is not just any old dog … this little Beagle loves playing football, and is pretty good at it. Purin can play as a striker, and in goal! And here`s the pup in action in this YouTube video… 

By Electron Libre

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