Gun control activist and survivor of the mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, David Hogg, interrupted a US House hearing about assault weapons on Wednesday and was escorted from the room by security.
Hogg has been a leading activist in the fight for gun safety reform in the United States since a gunman opened fire at his school in Florida and killed 17 people. On Wednesday, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing about an assault weapons ban, Hogg stood up and interrupted House Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) as he touted the idea that US citizens need to be armed due to an “invasion” at the Southern border.
Hogg stood up and shouted, “You’re reiterating the points of mass shooters in their manifestos,” Hogg shouted. He then continued by listing off mass shooters who have given similar reasons for committing their violent acts. “The shooter in my high school: anti-Semitic, anti-black and racist,” Hogg said. “The shooter in El Paso describes it as an invasion.”
Hogg then claimed that most of the guns used in the United States are not coming in from over the border. “Guess what? Those guns are coming from the United States of America, they aren’t coming from Mexico.” At this point, security had begun escorting Hogg from the House chamber.
As he was being taken out, Hogg continued to shout at the Representative, “They are not coming from Mexico, you are reiterating the points of a mass shooter, sir. Sir, you are perpetuating violence.”
Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) has led a bill that would ban semiautomatic weapons. “There are more guns than people in this country, more mass shootings than days in the year. This is a uniquely American problem, and assault weapons only magnify the epidemic,” he said during the hearing. The bill is not expected to pass the Senate even if it does pass through the House of Representatives.
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