Although David Hogg lives in a state that finds itself dominated by Republicans in 2023, the 22-year-old Floridian has become one of the United States’ best-known gun control activists. Hogg is a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre that occurred in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day 2018, and he has often used social media to speak out about gun control and the mass shootings that are so common in the United States.
Hogg addressed gun control once again in a Twitter thread posted on February 26, noting what the U.S. Constitution has to say about militias. And it didn’t take right-wing Republicans long to become enraged by his comments.
Hogg posted, “You have no right to a gun. You are not a militia. When you’re talking about your second amendment rights, you’re talking about a state’s right to have what is today the National Guard. The modern interpretation of 2A is a ridiculous fraud pushed for decades by the gun lobby.”
By “2A,” Hogg is referring to the Second Amendment, which, he argues, Republicans have been misinterpreting.
“We need to stop using the NRA’s talking points and the false interpretation of 2A they have been pushing for decades,” Hogg argued. “Their version of 2A is younger than I am…. The future the gun lobby is pushing for is one with absolutely no gun regulation whatsoever where anyone can get a gun. That is the path we are going down right now. They want bad guys to have guns so they can use the rise in gun violence to sell more guns to scared people.”
Republican attorney Jenna Ellis, famous for promoting former President Donald Trump’s false claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him, was quick to slam Hogg and tweeted, “So the Constitution is a living, breathing, fluid document, except for THIS ONE ISSUE ONLY ALWAYS because it suits your (false) narrative.”
Twitter user David Benjamin wrote that Hogg is a “paid shill for the [George] Soros crew.”
Far-right talk radio host Lori Mills responded by posting, “Considering my state Government puts criminal rights above victims rights, my 2nd amendment right is and always will be mine. Don’t break into my home, don’t threaten my family and my gun will leave you alone.”
Hogg’s thread was mostly attacked by Republicans, but some Libertarians weighed in as well. @LPNational tweeted, “Our rights aren’t subject to what you or any tyrant think we need.”
Read David Hogg’s Twitter thread at this link.
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