Outspoken Parkland school shooting survivor-turned gun control activist David Hogg claims he’s survived seven assassination attempts, and has no intention of stopping his anti-gun campaign.
The son of a former FBI agent, Hogg claims that seven attempts were made on his life, and that he has received countless death threats.
“In the past year, there have been seven assassination attempts,” he said.
Despite this, Hogg claims that killing him would only make him an immortal martyr of sorts.
“I see people as misguided and misinformed of what we’re actually here to talk about,” he said. “But I also realize, if they kill me, that’s probably 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.”
“We went, on Father’s Day, with Michael Brown’s dad to where his son was murdered,” he said.. “There’s a homeless man that came up to Emma [González] as we were walking over there, and [he] is just talking to us about everything that’s happened and breaks down and cries and falls into Emma’s arms. And he didn’t even know who we were. He just saw us there.”
The trip caused him to sympathize with Brown, as well as the community of Ferguson.
“It was so hot there that one of our teammates almost passed out from heat stroke,” he said. “We were only outside for, like, 30 minutes. And we were reminded how Michael Brown was left on the ground for four hours. And everything that his father went through. And his family went through. And the constant political terrorization that that community went through from the National Guard and the military, who was later called in.”
In the end, however. Hogg feels he can’t be stopped.
“We’re not vulnerable,” he said. “Like, f—, we’re kids. What are you going to come after? We lost our friends in school that day. We lost our teachers in school that day . We don’t have jobs. You can’t come after our jobs that don’t exist. And we aren’t afraid to call out the bulls— and the real thing that’s causing this. It’s the fact that we live in a country that is told, again and again, and to a large part believes, that dead children are the cost of our Second Amendment. It’s not.”
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