David Hogg, one of the Parkland, Fla., students leading the youth movement’s charge against gun rights, has spoken out of turn countless times: he asked Canadians to back gun control candidates (guess he doesn't know about rules barring foreign influence of elections); and he has threatened to “destroy” Smith & Wesson with a boycott (like that would happen given that he’s asking gun control freaks to boycott something they’d never buy anyway). Now, he has put his foot in his mouth again.
“We have to develop this courage when our political leaders refuse to have it,” he said in a recent TV broadcast. “When politicians say, ‘Now is not the time to talk about this,’ they were right; the time to talk about this was decades and centuries ago.”
Looks like Hogg needs to go back to history class and learn that politicians did address this centuries ago. Since he seemed to miss that key point during his schooling, Katie Pavlich gave him the CliffNotes version. She tweeted a succinct response: “It was: July 4, 1776” and posted a picture of a U.S. flag.
There you have it, young man. This country’s Founding Father did address the matter of guns. They did it when they declared independence even though they knew that standing up for their ideals could lead to armed conflict. And they underscored that in 1791 when the Bill of Rights was ratified. You do remember learning about the Bill of Rights, don’t you, Mr. Hogg? That’s the document that lets you say whatever you want, even if it’s flat-out wrong. It’s the same document that gives Americans the right to keep and bear arms.
Apparently Hogg spent his time in history class daydreaming about his future activism, where he could dangle his moral superiority over all the people who are too gullible to realize he has no idea what he’s talking about.
The sad thing is, people are listening.
That’s why it’s imperative for the voters who actually have an understanding of this nation’s founding principles and who abide by the advice to believe only half of what you see and none of what you hear need to get to the polls Nov. 6. Don’t let some whippersnapper who talks a good game but doesn’t know his head from a hole in the ground get other empty-headed thinkers to make a decision that could cost us our freedom.