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David Hogg begins new gun control effort

David Hogg begins new gun control effort – here’s what he’s planning

Vocal gun control advocate and Parkland high school massacre survivor David Hogg unveiled his newest effort to increase restrictions on gun in the U.S. Wednesday.

A few thoughts:

Politically supporting gun control has been complicated for a long time. But it may be that the tide has really changed and thus restrictions are politically feasible. In the past Republicans, supported by the NRA, have had success running on gun rights.

To make the tide turn my view is that there is a need for an expanded public priority list of politicians who care less about our safety and more about getting money from the NRA. Alongside this priority list, the battle should include digital and TV advertisements, a wider voter registration drive, and political organizing to elect candidates that support gun control legislation.

We should take the bastards on with our full might and never, ever back down in the debate.

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David Hogg begins new gun control effort – here’s what he’s planning

Parkland massacre survivor David Hogg announced his newest plans to advocate for gun control: a book co-written with his younger sister about the national youth movement against guns. (Image Source: YouTube screenshot)

Hogg tweeted that he’s co-writing a book whose proceeds will be used to “heal the community.”

“Today @lauren_hoggs and I are announcing our book #NeverAgain that tells the story of the foundation of this movement for those we lost,” he tweeted. “Lauren and I will be using the money made from the book to help heal the community.”

His fourteen-year-old sister Lauren Hogg added that the proceeds will also go towards preventing gun violence.

“Announcing #NeverAgain, a book by @davidhogg111 and I that tells the story of how we turned our grief into action and how we fight and speak out for those who no longer can,” she tweeted.

“All proceeds going to healing Parkland and to prevent gun violence,” she added.

The book is described as a “manifesto for the movement begun that day [of the Parkland massacre], one that has already changed America–with voices of a new generation that are speaking truth to power, and are determined to succeed where their elders have failed.”

“With moral force and clarity, a new generation has made it clear that problems previously deemed unsolvable due to powerful lobbies and political cowardice will be theirs to solve,” the book description declares.

Hogg has been a vocal and contentious figure in the national youth movement for gun control begun in the wake of the Parkland school massacre. He has not shied away from using vulgarities against the NRA and politicians while declaring that he’s going to “change the world.”

Beyond boycotts

Hogg had tried to force Fox News’ Laura Ingraham off the air after she mocked him for not being accepted into the colleges he wanted to attend. Although many advertisers left the show, Fox News stood by Ingraham and her ratings appear to have recovered.

Hogg then announced a boycott on Tuesday against financial investment companies who have holdings in gun manufacturers and retailers, while campaigning for more student walkouts across the country.

Further:

The deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in the United States.

NYT: 2017 Las Vegas shooting Video

The 2017 Las Vegas shooting occurred on the night of Sunday, October 1 when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 people dead and 851 injured. Between 10:05 and 10:15 p.m. PDT, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, fired more than 1,100 rounds from his suite on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel. About an hour after he fired his last shot into the crowd, he was found dead in his room from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His motive remains unknown.

The incident is the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in the United States. It reignited the debate about gun laws in the U.S., with attention focused on bump fire stocks, which Paddock used to fire semi-automatic rifles at a rate similar to that of a fully automatic weapon.

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