Gun control advocate and Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg said in an interview published Tuesday that he has been the target of seven “assassination attempts” in the last year and warned that killing him would essentially make him a martyr, only galvanizing his cause.
“Honestly, I realize that it’s horrible that I have to live through this, and it is traumatizing,” Hogg told The Washington Post of the alleged death threats. “But you eventually become desensitized to it.”
The activist claimed that assassinating him would be “the stupidest thing they could do to try to end the movement. … Because that would make it even more successful in the end. Because it would invigorate us and create f***ing change.”
According to The Hill, after Hogg claimed he was target of a stunning seven attempts on his life, The Washington Post did “not [ask] for further details about the threats.”
On February 14, 2018, a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and killed 17 innocents, 14 of whom were students. Hogg and other classmates who survived the attack, such as Emma González and Cameron Kasky, were quickly thrown into the spotlight to be become prominent anti-gun rights activists (though Kasky has since tempered his views).
Hogg, who is arguably the most visible activist to emerge from the tragic shooting, routinely slanders the National Rifle Association and gun rights supporters.
“Honestly, it’s disgusting. [The NRA acts] like they don’t own these politicians, but they do,” Hogg told host ABC’s “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos just 11 days out from the shooting, in comments reported by HuffPost. “They’ve gotten gun legislation passed before in their favor, in favor of gun manufacturers. … The NRA is an organization that’s completely broken.”
“Listen to Dana,” Hogg said of NRA spokeswomen Dana Loesch. “Is she really speaking to you guys, is she trying to fight for you guys? Or is she actually trying to fight for the gun lobby? Everything she’s saying seems like spectacle. Is it just her tone? Or is it what she’s actually saying?”
“Dana is serving the gun manufacturers,” the teen claimed. “She’s not serving the people of the NRA, because the people that are joining the NRA, 99.9 percent of them are amazing people that just want to be safe, responsible gun owners. And I fully can support that.”
In March of 2018, Hogg said we were living under a “dictatorship” of the NRA.
”These lobbyist groups like the NRA, they can buy our politicians but they can’t buy our voices as American citizens and we need to realize that because when we don’t, we don’t have a democracy, we have a dictatorship,” the teen said, as previously reported by The Daily Wire.
In the same sit-down interview, Hogg seemed to shift blame for the murderous Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and politicians like him.
After taking a year off, Hogg is heading in the fall to Harvard — which just rescinded the acceptance of Hogg’s fellow Parkland shooting survivor, outspoken conservative Kyle Kashuv.