David Hogg has become a strong voice among survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The attention has given him a powerful platform, but it has also made him the subject of smear campaigns by right wing ideologues who have no shame.
“Either he has been “coached” by his father, a former FBI agent; or he is a “pawn” for anti-gun campaigners; or, the most far-fetched, he is not a victim but a “crisis actor,” paid to travel to disaster sites to argue against stricter gun laws.”
This is a classic example of bait and switch. Muddy the message by attacking the messenger. Never-mind 12 kids and 5 adults were machine gunned downed in a middle school before they had time to say the pledge of allegiance, never-mind if the bodies are still in the morgue and the parents, still reeling in agony and despair, grieve in the 12 silent bedrooms where once their children peacefully slept. It’s outrageous!
Hogg told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “I’m someone who had to witness this and live through this and I continue to be having to do that. I’m not acting on anybody’s behalf.” Im not a fan of Senator Rubio (R) Fla., but I agree when he says, “Claiming some of the students on TV after Parkland are actors is the work of a disgusting group of idiots with no sense of decency,” I don’t see that much decency in Florida at all, when on Tuesday they rejected even a temporary ban on semiautomatic guns and large capacity magazines.
“Lawmakers voted down a motion to consider the ban during a session that opened with a prayer for the 17 people killed by a former student last Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The vote in the Republican-dominated body was 36-71.”
Opened with a prayer for the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland… that takes some balls. Survivors of one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history took to the Florida state Capitol with a clear message: We will not be silenced. Hundreds of students, teachers and gun reform advocates gathered outside the legislative building in Tallahassee, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland continued to push for tougher gun laws in Florida and on a federal level. Many carried signs reading “#NeverAgain.”
In Silver Spring, Md., several hundred students walked out of Montgomery Blair High School carrying signs and cheering as cars honked in support of their cause. Students from that high school and other Washington, D.C.-area high schools went to the U.S. Capitol, where they held signs and yelled chants, including, “Your hands. Our blood.” School administrators in Texas and Virginia, meanwhile, warned students that they would be punished if they walked out. Steven L. Walts, superintendent of Prince William County Public Schools in northern Virginia, told students and parents in an email Wednesday that “students who cause disruptions or leave school without authorization will face disciplinary consequences.” Curtis Rhodes, superintendent at Needville Independent School District near Houston, said in a statement that students who attempted to join the day’s protests would be suspended for three days.
We are witnessing a moment in history. When a generation not able to make their demands at the ballot box yet, nevertheless are letting their voices be heard. I’m with you 100 percent, and I remind you of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., when he said:
“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live – a long life; longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. So I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”