Imagine coming home to find a SWAT team had raided your house. They did this because someone called in a and informed them your family had been taken hostage. For Parkland Survivor David Hogg, no imagination is necessary. That’s a situation he actually lived through.
Hogg says that since he and classmates took up the conversation on gun control, there have been seven attempts for someone to assassinate him. While it would be understandable for him to want to avoid the spotlight after such a dark situation, Hogg says he will be ahead with defending his positions.
David Hogg and several of his classmates came to prominence when a gunman began shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. With several classmates killed or injured, Hogg and his friends began to step up. Many of them spoke out about gun control.
As the nation grappled with yet another senseless tragedy, people who oppose gun control started to shout louder than the victims. Some of them, Laura Ingraham included, accused Hogg of being a crisis actor. Their proof? He had his picture taken near another place where a tragedy occurred.
Ingraham also taunted him because four colleges rejected him. As a result, Hogg called on her sponsors to drop her program. It is a testament to the amount of charm and persuasion he has because they followed his call to action.
Threat To Guns
As Hogg and his classmates began to change the conversation about gun control, the vitriol from some on the right became downright nasty. Hogg said, “I realize that it’s horrible that I have to live through this, and it is traumatizing. But you eventually become desensitized to it.” This is not how the fight ends for David Hogg,
Hogg then talks about when someone called in the phony SWAT. The shooting survivor goes on to say, “Like, oh, your house got ‘swatted.’ You got a call from the police saying someone said that everyone in your family had been killed and that you are being held hostage for $100,000 … That becomes part of daily life,” If they were hoping Hogg would get scared off of the scent of gun control, they were sorely mistaken.
The Fight Continues
Despite the fact“there have been seven assassination attempts” on his life, Hogg says his plan is still the same, he wants to fight for gun control. “I want to go to school and, for lack of a better word, weaponize my knowledge and learn as much as possible to end violence,”
And if one of these assassination attempts are successful? He thinks it will carry the movement forward. “I also realize, if they kill me, that’s probably the stupidest thing they could do to try to end the movement,” Hogg warned those that are trying to hurt him, that it would backfire against them. “Because that would make it even more successful in the end. Because it would invigorate us and create f— change.”
Less than an hour after this story broke, Hogg was promoting more sensible gun control.
For years now, @VaHouse & @VASenate have failed to pass common-sense #GunReform. In the wake of the #VirginiaBeach massacre, Virginians need action now. Demand that @TommyNorment @SpeakerCox bring legislation to a floor vote. #GVPSession https://t.co/I5rOjxMQ88 pic.twitter.com/9ZUCyRFDRS
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) June 26, 2019