Ryan Petty, who lost his daughter Alaina in the 2018 Parkland school massacre, called out David Hogg on Sunday for pushing “absolute revisionist history.”
Hogg was part of a group of pro-gun-control students from Stoneman Douglas High School who received national media attention after the tragedy. The students notably launched Never Again MSD and organized March for Our Lives.
Taking to social media to advance his pro-gun-control agenda, Hogg claimed he and his fellow students successfully worked with politicians to pass the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.
“I understand there are many disagreements about what we should do but the important thing is we all agree we need to do something,” Hogg said. “In the week of Parkland we worked with our Republican Legislature and governor and got gun safety past [sic] Congress can do the same.”
He added, “The law that we created has been used nearly 6000 times including one time to disarm somebody through a court order who threaten to kill my own mother. These laws work.”
But according to Petty, Hogg only complicated the legislative process that resulted in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act being made law.
“This is absolute revisionist history and quite frankly, BS,” Petty responded. “You did nothing but make it more difficult for us to get the MSD bill passed in the Florida Legislature. It’s time to sit down, you charlatan.”
Petty then pointed to articles that debunked the narrative that the pro-gun-control students organized a national response by themselves with little help. In reality, the students were supported by Democratic politicians, progressive and liberal advocacy organizations, and even Hollywood celebrities like George Clooney.
In fact, “the reason we got anything done was because the legislative focus after Parkland WAS NOT just guns,” Petty later added.
NBC News reporter Marc Caputo confirmed what Petty said.
“For two decades, I’ve covered Florida politics and the Legislature —including the MSD bill,” Caputo said on Monday.
“I can confirm the GOP-led Legislature was most moved by the urging of the parents,” he explained. “The two conservatives, Ryan & @AndrewPollackFL, were the most persuasive & played outsized roles.”