David Hogg survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and has since gone on to become one of the most vocal and well-recognized advocates for gun control in the country. A recent interview with New York Magazine revealed the passionate 18-year-old has no plans of slowing down: after working with politicians as much as he can leading up to his 25th birthday, he plans to run for Congress.
Good for him— wendy hilts (@HiltsWendy) August 21, 2018
Following up on the massive “March for Our Lives,” which he helped organize, Hogg has built a strong internet presence and embarked on a nationwide summer tour to register voters and speak on behalf on more comprehensive gun control laws.
Hogg also co-authored the book #NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line.
Today @lauren_hoggs and I are announcing our book #NeverAgain that tells the story of the foundation of this movement for those we lost. Lauren and I will be using the money made from the book to help heal the community. #NeverAgain out June 5th https://t.co/Vh2gWVWNGq— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) April 18, 2018
Hogg is a frequent target of right-wing criticism and conspiracy theories, with many continuing to claim he is a “crisis actor” who makes up stories of pain and suffering to make money and take people’s guns away. Hogg isn’t deterred by unstable claims such as these, however:
If somebody is stupid enough to try anything on us, that will make the movement even stronger.
Hahaha! He's a paid actor— A voice in the wilderness (@deezy1955) August 21, 2018
He also commented, shortly after the shooting, that:
I am not a crisis actor. I’m somebody that had to witness this and live through this and I continue to have to do that. The fact that some of the students at Stoneman Douglas high school … are showing more maturity and political action than many of our elected officials is a testament to how disgusting and broken our political system is right now in America. But we’re trying to fix that.
The best. So proud of David.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 21, 2018
Hogg has his sights set on his long-term goals. After volunteering on behalf of the Democrats during the 2018 midterm elections, he plans on beginning college in the fall of 2019 and working for a Presidential campaign in 2020.
These kids are doing more than a lot of older adults. Some adults see what's wrong, know that it's wrong, but won't lift a finger because it's too inconvenient. Heaven forbid anything disrupts their fun & comfort. These kids will be the catalysts for change now & in the future.— Sydney Chandler (@syds180turn) August 20, 2018
Once he’s graduated from college and 25 years old, Hogg wants to be part of the change in our political world:
I think I’ve come to that conclusion, I want to be at least part of the change in Congress.
A beautiful human being inside and out. Love you @davidhogg111, keep doing all that you do.— Seth Ryan (@healthwonks) August 20, 2018
Best of luck to you, David! Hopefully, your ideals will rub off on a few other people in the Capital building.