& # 39; I'm not going to stop & # 39 ;: Parkland survivor and anti-gun activist David Hogg says he was the target of SEVEN assassination attempts in the past year – but promises to continue fighting firearm violence
- David Hogg, 19, survived photography at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida in February 2018, killing 17
- He and several classmates have emerged as outspoken advocates for stricter arms laws
- Hogg, who will attend Harvard as freshmen, helped the group to find Never Again MSD and wrote a book with his sister
- He told Washington Post in a new interview that there have been seven attempts in his life in the past year
- his family's home in Broward County, Flordia, was & # 39; beaten in June 2018 & # 39;
David Hogg, 19, who emerged as a prominent anti-gun violence activist after surviving the deadly school that photographed in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, has revealed that he was the target of seven attempts in his life last year.
Hogg, who will be attending Harvard University in the fall, is a co-founder of Never Again MSD, a group he and other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students have set up that call for stricter arms laws.
His activism led to death threats against himself and his family.
Shooting survivor at school and frank activist David Hogg, 19 (pictured at a meeting in Washington DC in March), said there have been seven attempts to live his life in the past year
In an interview with The Washington Post Wednesday, a challenging Hogg actually spoke of the turmoil caused by his work with regard to firearm violence.
& # 39; There have been seven assassination attempts in the past year, & # 39; he said, before he was ready: & if they kill me, that is probably the stupidest thing they can do to end the movement. Because that would ultimately make it even more successful. Because it would stimulate us and create fit changes. & # 39;
Hogg, who, along with his younger sister, Lauren, is a & # 39; co-author & # 39; wrote, & # 39; #NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line & # 39 ;, acknowledged that being horrible and traumatizing is on the receiving end of hatred, but said he has become insensitive to it.
& # 39; Like, oh, your house is SWAT-ted. You received a phone call from the police that someone said that everyone in your family was killed and that you are being held hostage for $ 100,000. Right? That becomes a part of daily life. It's just something you have to get through. & # 39;
A challenging Hogg said he was not intimidated or silenced on the issue of arms control.
& # 39; I'm not going to stop, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I want to go to school and, in the absence of a better word, protect my knowledge and learn as much as possible to end violence. & # 39;
Last June, Hogg's home in Broward County, Florida, was surrounded by a SWAT team in response to a joke that claimed a stabbing had occurred and someone was barricaded inside.
In June 2018, Hogg's parental home in Florida (photo) & # 39; was killed & # 39; while he was gone
Hogg was not at home at the time of the & # 39; swatting & # 39; incident: he and his mother were in Washington DC to accept the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Award for his activism.
The incident came less than five months after Hogg survived the school that photographed in Parkland that claimed 17 lives.
He and several other survivors, including Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky and Jaclyn Corin, have emerged as advocates for stricter arms control laws and fierce opponents of the National Rifle Association, organize rallies, marches and boycotts, and use social media as a bully pulpit to strive for change.
In his interview with the Post, the upcoming Harvard first-year student tried to make holes in the argument that gun violence is the price that Americans have to pay for having Second Amendment rights.
& # 39; People say that weapons are related to freedom and patriotism, & # 39; he said, & # 39; but enduring daily wounded violence and children having to go through active shooting practice is not what freedom looks like to me. It's what damn corruption looks like to me. A corrupt system that doesn't care about our children. & # 39;
However, Hogg was hopeful that arms control would appear as a key point in the next election cycle, or later, and explained that the work he and other teenagers are currently doing in that area will be accomplished by the next generation.
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