David Hogg, now 19, is at it again. He jumped on the publicity bandwagon in hopes of being the new poster child of the anti-gun movement after the high school he attended was the site of a mass murder atrocity on Valentine’s Day of last year. Someone tried to “SWAT”-prank him a little more than a year ago; fortunately, no one was harmed in the course of the prompt law enforcement response.
Now, the young man has told a major newspaper that he has “survived seven assassination attempts.”
This young man has established himself as a rude, publicly foul-mouthed parrot repeating hackneyed lines from the Brady Campaign and the Bloomberg group, nothing more. I can totally sympathize with him grieving for schoolmates lost in the massacre; I, like the rest of America, grieved for them too.
If he did indeed make that statement, it means that if he’s the poster child of anything, it’s the nature of the anti-gun spokespeople to exaggerate and flat out lie.
His deliberately provocative purple prose on the Twitterverse may indeed have provoked some unstable people to death threats (or maybe, some of those were posted by people on his side trying to win sympathy for him). However, conflating death threats with assassination attempts is a pathetically grotesque exaggeration. Several have compared it to Hillary Clinton’s claim that she came under sniper fire in Bosnia.
And, it should be noted, by all accounts he was not even in the building where the murders took place at the time the atrocity went down, and some insist he wasn’t even in school at the time. One pundit said, “If he’s a mass murder survivor, then since someone once died in a car crash a block from my house, I must be a fatal accident survivor.”
Exaggeration is the stock in trade of the gun banners, since facts and genuine statistics don’t fit their agenda. Apparently, the self-described “kid” has learned exaggeration from his behind-the-scenes puppet-masters.