Poor, desperate David Hogg announced his master plan to take down the National Rifle Association and Republicans on Monday. But it did not take long for the 18-year-old Parkland School shooting survivor and anti-gun activist to get hit with a big dose of humiliation.
Hogg is used to people hanging on his every word and his every action going viral. He must have thought that the major news networks would be all over his announcement and likely assumed it would quickly be trending on Twitter. But eight hours after his announcement that he teased on Sunday, the day of his graduation, he had less than 1,500 retweets.
“DC here I come,” he wrote in a tweet after the organization he helped found, March For Our Lives, announced that it would be holding a 60 day, 75 stop bus tour across America to register new voters. The kid must think he and his friends are literally rock stars. Delusional would be an understatement.
Across the country
Every Florida district
Tons of new voters
— March For Our Lives (@AMarch4OurLives) June 4, 2018
DC here I come 🙃
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) June 4, 2018
“We can march. We can bring our politicians into a new light and make sure they are being held accountable. But at the end of the day, real change is brought from voting,” Hogg’s cohort, Cameron Kasky, said at a press conference announcing the tour, Time Magazine reported. “The best thing you can possibly do is vote.”
“The Road to Change kicks off on Friday, June 15 in Chicago, where we’ll be joining the Peace March, led by students from St. Sabina Academy,” March For Our Lives said in a statement on its website.
“From there we are traveling from city to city, with more than 50 planned stops in over 20 states including Iowa, Texas, California, South Carolina, and Connecticut. We’ll also hold a separate Florida tour with more than 25 stops, visiting every congressional district,” it wrote.
“We’re going to places where the NRA has bought and paid for politicians who refuse to take simple steps to save our lives — and we’ll be visiting a number of communities that have been affected by gun violence to meet fellow survivors and use our voices to amplify theirs,” it added.
“At each stop, we’ll register young people to vote and educate them on the reforms we need to save lives, and whether their local elected officials support these reforms or support the NRA.,” it said. In layman’s terms, the group is stating that it will target Republicans before the midterms.
But for all of Hogg and his friends’ efforts, they have only accomplished strengthening the resolve of gun owners. In what has to be humiliating news for the Hogg squad, on the same day the March For Our Lives announced its “Road To Change,” The Washington Free Beacon reported that a gun sales record was set again in May.
“In May 2018, the FBI processed 2,002,992 queries through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). That’s more than any previous May in the system’s history with May 2017 holding the previous record at 1,942,677. April 2018 saw more NICS checks than any previous April. March 2018 saw more NICS checks than any previous March,” The Beacon reported.
“These statistics represent the number of firearm background checks initiated through the NICS,” the FBI said in the report. “They do not represent the number of firearms sold. Based on varying state laws and purchase scenarios, a one-to-one correlation cannot be made between a firearm background check and a firearm sale.”
As gun control has dominated the headlines, thanks to Hogg and his friends, people are responding by donating to gun rights groups like the NRA and are exercising their Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Hogg and his friends have been a force for change and have helped to make history. It is just not the change and history that they wanted.