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David Hogg Is Your Worst Nightmare

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Frequently featured in news reports since the horrific shooting on February 14th, David Hogg, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor, is taking on anyone who opposes his gun reform movement. With his signature opinions filled with repetitive crudeness, Hogg has made waves in America's conservative society by attacking the NRA, gun-owners, lawmakers, and anyone who opposes him. The gun control activist from Parkland, Florida, and fellow student, Cameron Kasky, are the founding members of the 'Never Again Movement,' consisting of twenty student lobbyists.

Infringing on the Second Amendment

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School made the decision to implement a new security measure as soon as students returned from Spring Break. School officials required students to wear identification badges while on school premises. In addition, students must wear clear, see-through backpacks as an extra measure of caution in regards to what students carry on school grounds. David Hogg was extremely unhappy with the schools decision and expressed his thoughts in an interview, "It's unnecessary, it's embarrassing for a lot of the students and it makes them feel isolated and separated from the rest of American school culture where they're having essentially their First Amendment rights infringed upon because they can't freely wear whatever backpack they want regardless of what it is."

One would think that a student who is leading a movement focused on protecting students' lives would be in favor of a simple security measure that would aid in the safety of the students. Instead, Hogg complains about how clear backpacks infringe on First Amendment Rights at the same time he is leading a movement that involves infringing on millions of Americans Second Amendment Rights. It's making many Americans wonder how serious he is about the safety of our students, or if his main objective is pushing a propaganda on gun-control. 

Another Foul-Mouthed, Disrespectful Teen

Quickly becoming a shrewd user of the media, including cable TV and the Internet, Hogg's tirade broadcasts have become the recent news to watch from all levels of culture, including the Trump administration. Posting on YouTube one month ago, the young aspiring journalist went on a rant with malevolence toward gun owners and Republican lawmakers. The teenager elaborated on some of his views pertaining to high school mass murders in general, using an infusion of unapologetic profanity.

In an interview for the Harvard Political Review, Mr. Hogg stated that before the shooting at his high school that killed 17 students and teachers, he knew approximately what the average high school student knew about gun laws. He went on to add, "I watched a lot of John Oliver and the Daily Show, and I debated this stuff for the last four years in speech debate and public forums."

On 'The Outline,' a New York based digital media company focused on power, culture, and the future, the Parkland student described the National Rifle Association and 2nd Amendment lawmakers as, "f…ers." He proffered that they choose money over children's lives. "The pathetic f…ers that want to keep killing our children, they could have blood from our children splattered all over their faces and they wouldn't take action because all of those dollar signs."

In an interview right after the shooting with Bill Maher on Real Time, Hogg and Kasky bragged about hanging up on the Trump White House, boasting also how they were able to squeeze in an 'f' bomb. After receiving a call to attend a Trump listening session, Hogg stated, "hung up on the White House the other day. Very offensive they wanted to have a listening session when there were funerals the next day and mourning we still had to do."

After reviewing his past history before the school shooting, reliable sources stated that he appeared in other news reports in California. Some people are accusing him of being a 'crisis actor.' CNN reported, "The Senior does appreciate broadcast, journalism, and film making." 

Hogg's Solution Regarding Firearms

Asked if he could have one federal law passed to help his cause, he replied, "We need to have guidelines for the purchase of guns to include greater attention to mental illness. I think also that there should be a 10% sales tax on guns, a 21 year old age requirement, and a universal background check." Hogg was asked to talk about a potential mental-illness policy, and he stated that it's not his responsibility to put together solutions: "I shouldn't have to! I'm 17."  

Boycotting Laura Ingraham

Hogg has suddenly become a pronounced nationwide media figure who is also throwing some of his weight around. Laura Ingraham, a host from Fox News, publicly mocked Hogg. 19 advertisers from the channel withdrew from the show, including during the course of the network sending her on a one week cooling off period. The conservative host had Tweeted, "David Hogg rejected by four colleges to which he applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA…totally predictable given acceptance rates.)

Hogg had jumped on the bandwagon, encouraging advertisers to boycott Ingraham, and the veteran host apologized via a Tweet. Hogg responded, "It's time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling children." Other TV Network imposed vacations have a history of at times leading to a job dismissal, such as Bill O'Reilly, and the same for Glenn Beck, with a more gradual departure. Fox's top rated personality, Sean Hannity, has always been able to weather attempted advertising boycotts. 

March For Our Lives

One of the organizers behind the 'March For Our Lives' movement and rally in Washington, D.C. that drew 800,000 people, the 17 year old was invited on MSNBC with Lawrence O'Donnel to discuss his boycott campaign of Ingraham. The outspoken teenager also responded to accusations by former cable news media giant, Bill O'Reilly, that powerful shadowy radical groups were augmenting Hogg's message. Mr. O'Reilly elaborated that Hogg's efforts to ward off advertisers from Ms. Ingraham's show was instigated by behind the scenes people manipulating Hogg. Kevin Hogg, David's father, is a retired FBI agent who stated that he taught his son perseverance and composure. This led to suggestions that David is being coached by his FBI father as well. When asked what society has become too accustomed to, David responded, "politicians' lies, lobbyists, and party politics."

During the course of the shooting, Hogg testified that he was hiding in a closest, and did not come into contact with the shooter. During the attack, Hogg stated that he was interviewing people on his cell phone who were near him…to show society exactly what is happening to children during a school shooting when bullets are flying around.

The fiery and outspoken advocate that Hogg is detailed his thoughts of lawmakers, referring to them as inept people who knew very little about the issue of gun control. Growing into one of the most important debates in American history, Hogg's profanity fastened comments have been continual, recently stating, "At this point, it's like when your old-a** parent is like, 'I don't know how to send an iMessage' and you're like, 'Ok give me the f***ing phone' and you take it and you get it done in one second. Sadly, that's what we have to do with our government because our parents don't know how to use a f***ing democracy so we have to do it."

In the latest news, on April 9th, David Hogg announced that he was accepted at UC Irvine, receiving the acceptance letter last week. The letter from the 9th highest rated public university in the United States stated, in part, "Students choose UCI to make a true difference in the world. We hope that you will too."

What are your thoughts on David Hogg and his movement? Let us know in the comments below! 

Watch a recap of David Hogg's profanity-riddled interview with The Outline

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