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Parkland Survivor And Activist David Hogg Reveals His Ambitious Political Aspirations In New Interview

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Best of luck to you, David! Hopefully, your ideals will rub off on a few other people in the Capital building.

H/T – Mashable, Washington Post, Fox News

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Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--