Media darling David Hogg, the Parkland high school grad who has foregone his first year of college to take part in a national bus tour to advocate for greater restrictions on gun rights and encourage young people to register to vote, has launched another hashtag campaign.
…except this one isn’t turning out quite as the activist teen intended.
Fresh off the floor of his hometown grocer, Hogg shared his latest hyperbolic anti-gun message to his 831,000 Twitter followers.
“The sound of gunfire echoes everywhere,” Hogg tweeted. “You hear it in our cities, towns, and it brings grief to our Native American friends, too. But you know what’s louder? The sound of all of YOU demanding change. use #YOUniversallyTriggered to speak for your right to live and be safe.”
The sound of gunfire echoes everywhere. You hear it in our cities, towns, and it brings grief to our Native American friends, too. But you know what's louder? The sound of all of YOU demanding change. use #YOUniversallyTriggered to speak for your right to live and be safe.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) June 7, 2018
The tweet offered supportive responses such as this:
I went to Disney in Florida during Christmas break and every time they launched fireworks it sounded like gunfire and I was just waiting to hear crowds screaming. I don’t think I’ve ever heard gunfire in real life but I have really bad anxiety so…#YOUniverallyTriggered https://t.co/h15dKpFW7T
— me me big disappointment (@SnazzyJazzy_18) June 8, 2018
— Blair H Cowan (@BlairSatellite) June 7, 2018
There is plenty of angst on the right over the platform the media has granted this 18-year-old to espouse what often proves to be misinformation, such as calling 5 million members of the NRA “child murders.”
The fact Hogg now keeps company with powerful gun control fanatics like billionaire Michael Bloomberg only adds to the anxiety.
But the best thing supporters of the Second Amendment can do is let David Hogg be David Hogg.
Not the qualified expert to speak on such critical matters as the right to self-defense, or free speech, as the media holds him up to be, but a fresh high school graduate still living at home who is totally inexperienced in the ways of the world.
Here’s a sampling of the reaction to Hogg’s hashtag campaign that he may not have bargained for, including concerns over using Native Americans for “a prop.”
What in the world?! I live in a part of the country with a high Native American population. Have many Native friends and my husband's family is full blood Choctaw. Out of all the things that give the Native Community grief, "gunfire echoes" is not high on the list. https://t.co/kPFdywtaBG
— Shannon (@srd514) June 7, 2018
‘brings grief to our Native American friends’? I would love to know the context, too. Do you know any Natives? Little clarification? Seems present day but people like #KayaJoke use Natives as props for 2A bs. We don’t need to be props for anti-gun either. Could be allies though. https://t.co/bO7h4oAE7p
— Ali Watson (@aliwatson117) June 8, 2018
Confused about the Native American part also. Any one affected negatively by gun violence has grief.
— choiceschoices👮♂️🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@grntoblue) June 7, 2018
Dude ,you have to come up with better stories.
— seth,tossouna (@STossouna) June 7, 2018
FINALLY!!! Admitting that you are a triggered brat.
— GA Sheepdog (@GACop7) June 7, 2018
My trigger 🙂 pic.twitter.com/BETI7MEDFz
— Tyler Yzaguirre (@realtyleryz) June 7, 2018
— The Full Cadge 🇺🇸 (@thefullcadge) June 7, 2018
The fact that gun laws are strictest in these cities should tell you something.
— JungEconomist (@JungEconomist) June 7, 2018
What about my right to defend my self and family
— Ethan Musella (@EthanMusella) June 7, 2018
Sooo this is trending now…so I’ll share.
I went through a background check, sat through an eight hour class, had to do “range time” instruction to get my LTC. I AM a responsible gun owner. https://t.co/MhwFb1gLRq
— 🇺🇸Texan🇺🇸💯 (@Dee_Gilliam98) June 8, 2018
@davidhogg111 lost his legitimacy when he called the NRA child murderers. Now he is just pandering by playing identity politics. All he has done is create divisiveness and hasn’t changed anything with his protests and virtue signaling https://t.co/hzxHUXLshd
— Paul A (@pasquith105) June 8, 2018