David Hogg, one of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who survived a deadly shooting in 2018 and went on to become a gun control advocate, said he has survived seven attempted assassinations in the past year.
Hogg became one of the the most prominent faces of gun control after that tragedy, having toured the country with some of his classmates to push for gun law reforms. He said that attention has caused his life to be endangered numerous times.
Here’s the exchange, which took place during a Washington Post interview. For some reason, the interviewer opted not to ask for more details about these alleged “assassination attempts”:
You’ve been the lightning rod of the group — and have gotten a lot of hate, and death threats.
In the past year, there have been seven assassination attempts.
Oh, God. So how do you process something like that? And how do you see other people as a result?
Well, I see people as misguided and misinformed of what we’re actually here to talk about. 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.
Honestly, I realize that it’s horrible that I have to live through this, and it is traumatizing. But you eventually become desensitized to it. Like, oh, your house got SWAT-ted. You got a call from the police saying someone said that everyone in your family had been killed and that you are being held hostage for $100,000. Right? That becomes part of daily life. It’s just something that you have to get through. But I mean, what am I going to do? Stop?
Some people do.
Well, I’m not going to stop. I want to go to school and, for lack of a better word, weaponize my knowledge and learn as much as possible to end violence.
Hogg took a year off from school after high school graduation to dedicate his time to activism. He plans to attend Harvard in the fall. One of his former schoolmates, Kyle Kashuv, recently had his Harvard admission rescinded due to racist online posts that recently became public. Kashuv advocated for gun rights after the mass killing in Parkland.
(H/T The Hill)