David Hogg: Not the Gun Authority

Tiana Meador

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On Saturday, Mar. 24, vowing to make guns the main voting issue in midterm elections, student activist David Hogg gave a very prominent speech at the “March For Our Lives” event in Washington D.C.

Following The Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, and the consequent statistics of there being 17 different school shootings thus far into 2018, Americans took their stance and marched for their beliefs this past Saturday. However, although he gained a lot of support from those in attendance, his controversial speech has gained quite the backlash from good ol’ gun-loving Americans.

“We are going to make this a voting issue. We are going to take this to every election, to every state and every city. We are going to make sure the best people get in our elections to run, not as politicians, but as Americans,” said Hogg.

The frustration with his statements come from the sole idea that people will not change.

Veteran Derek Weida took to Instagram and said, “America loves guns. Accept that just like I had to accept that America loves God. Don’t ever be so quick to tell a whole lot of people how to live. NOBODY wants school shootings, mass shootings, shootings of any kind where somebody ends up injured or dead.”

Weida brings up an interesting standpoint on the issue. He may stand on the anti-gun side, but he also argues that acceptance is key, and the guns are not going away, just like God is not either.

But Hogg on the other hand, does not understand that the people he is arguing against are not those who are going to shoot up a school, or your local Walmart, or anything for that matter. They are simple Americans with the freedom and the right- and who is Hogg, an 18-year-old, to say that they should not have that right?

Telephone polls from Gallup and the Pew Research Center in 2017 found that 42 percent of people in the US live in households with guns.

Hogg started with calling out Sen. Marco Rubio, then moved to Sen. John McCain, and now he has officially moved onto charging Americans with the ‘crime’ that is gun ownership as though it is not listed as the literal Second Amendment.

Yes, calling out Americans, just like himself… also, was he ever even shot at?

Weida brings that question to rise too, “It is horrible… school shootings. That said, you have to watch what you say. I’m Derek, I got shot on a house raid in Iraq. My [me] getting shot didn’t make me a professional on war, international relations, house raids, or guns.”

And thus we have the perfect representation of what American culture has come to. Instead of arguing the facts, we run around like chickens with their heads cut off spewing wants, and ideas for others. When in reality, if we get caught up in this nature, there will be only more conflict.

Sit down Hogg, you have a bright future, but before you go calling out Americans for their rights- because you were involved in a tragedy, consider thinking of others’ situations.