The students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been leading the charge to gun reform. One of the most vocal students, David Hogg, went as far as to call the National Rifle Association “child murderers.” Hogg now says his first amendment rights are being violated if he is forced to wear a clear backpack to school.
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“It’s unnecessary, it’s embarrassing for a lot of the students and it makes them feel isolated and separated from the rest of American school culture where they’re having essentially their First Amendment rights infringed upon because they can’t freely wear whatever backpack they want regardless of what it is,” Hogg told Axios’s Mike Allen during a gun control forum.
“It has to be a clear backpack,” Hogg added. “What we should have is just more policies that make sure that these students are feeling safe and secure in their schools and not like they’re being fought against like it’s a prison.”
Hogg has complained numerous times that his high school has become bogged down with all the increased security measures to keep kids safe. One reason he says students should not be forced to wear a clear backpack is the embarrassment of female students during their “menstrual cycle.”
According to the Daily Wire, Hogg, who has been fighting to remove Americans’ Second Amendment rights since February, says that being obligated to wear a clear backpack would violate his “First Amendment rights.”
The irony in his statement did not go unnoticed as he had been advocating for “common sense gun laws” since his Florida high school was attacked by an armed gunman who killed 17 people.
In the same interview, Hogg reiterated his disdain for the new safety procedures added to his school in wake of the tragedy. The school has added multiple resource officers to deter violence, and Hogg thinks this will create “racial disparity between the black and white students.”
It’s evident Hogg likes to pick and choose which constitutional rights further his movement. Hopefully, he can see the irony in his statement and appreciate the Second Amendment in the same way he argues for his First Amendment rights.