Sh*t Happened 2/20/18: library name controversy, more vigils against gun violence and are you a bot?

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It's a Tuesday. It feels like a Monday. We won't technically reach the midpoint of the week until tomorrow afternoon. But we're tough. We persevere. We survive on morsels of yesterday's happenings, seasoned with spicy, spicy sarcasm.

Monday, of course, was President's Day, a day on which we're supposed to honor the office of the presidency but instead we talk up the ones we like and trash the ones (one, really) we don't. In that vein, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman announced the renaming of the St. Petersburg Main Library after former President Barack Obama. Believe it or not, pointless bickering on Facebook ensued.

Instead of arguing on social media, activists across the state took to the streets to mourn victims and call for concrete measures to end gun violence. And if proposed changes to gun laws are any indication, somber vigils may actually have more influence than the comments section. Bonus: marching burns substantially more calories than your average smartphone scroll-n-rant.

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Sebring?) became the latest Republican to announce he won't be running for reelection. That's the political equivalent of I'm taking my name off this thing.

And finally, the New York Times reported that following last week's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Russian troll-bots "pounced" at the opportunity to stoke the gun debate. Only in America can millions of people's passionate political views be the result of an elaborate catfishing scheme. (Hey olds, this is what catfishing is.)

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