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Parkland Shooting Survivor David Hogg Claims He’s Been the Target of 7 Assassination Attempts

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David Hogg, a survivor of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has garnered a lot of attention since he became a vocal gun control activist. He now claims that he has been targeted for assassination seven times during the past year by people who are “misguided and misinformed of what we’re actually here to talk about.”

Hogg, 19, discussed the attempts to end his life in an article from The Washington Post. He stated that if his work to curb gun violence led someone to kill him, it would be “the stupidest thing they could do to try to end the movement because that would make it even more successful in the end. Because it would invigorate us and create f***ing change.”

The 19-year-old survived the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 dead and another 17 wounded. Hogg founded “Never Again MSD,” a gun control advocacy group, along with other student leaders in the wake of the shooting.

Hogg noted that the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School quickly ignited a broader conversation about school violence and shootings, saying it is “because we’re not vulnerable.”

“What are you going to come after? We lost our friends in school that day. We lost our teachers in school that day,” said Hogg. “We don’t have jobs. You can’t come after our jobs that don’t exist. And we aren’t afraid to call out the bulls*** and the real thing that’s causing this.”

“It’s the fact that we live in a country that is told, again and again, and to a large part believes, that dead children are the cost of our Second Amendment. It’s not.”

During the last year, Hogg said he received death threats from multiple people, noting that it is “horrible that I have to live through this, and it is traumatizing.”

“But you eventually become desensitized to it,” Hogg added. “Like, oh, your house got SWAT-ted. You got a call from the police saying someone said that everyone in your family had been killed and that you are being held hostage for $100,000. Right? That becomes part of daily life.”

“It’s just something that you have to get through. But I mean, what am I going to do? Stop?”

Hogg asserts that he doesn’t plan to abandon his mission, saying, “I want to go to school and, for lack of a better word, weaponize my knowledge and learn as much as possible to end violence.”