Last we heard from left-wing anti-gun activist David Hogg, he was folding a pillow company he tried to create, challenging Trump fan Mike Lindell, founder and CEO of the MyPillow company.
But nearly back-to-back mass shootings in New York and Texas have allowed the liberal media to revive Hogg’s standing as an anti-Second Amendment crusader.
One recent exchange did not go well for Hogg, who was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, when the 2018 massacre occurred.
As the debate over gun control renewed in the wake of the massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, last week, Hogg argued on Twitter that we must “do something.”
“This isn’t about your guns. This is about our kids,” Hogg tweeted. “I understand there are many disagreements about what we should do but the important thing is we all agree we need to do something. In the week of Parkland, we worked with our Republican Legislature and governor and got gun safety past (sic). Congress can do the same.”
“The law that we created has been used nearly 6000 times including one time to disarm somebody through a court order who threaten (sic) to kill my own mother. These laws work.”
Hogg appeared to be referring to Florida’s “red flag” law, which was adopted among other gun reforms following the Parkland shooting. The law allowed people to go to court to seek a judge’s order to remove guns from people they deem to be a threat to themselves or others.
Yet Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina was one of the 17 people killed at Douglas High in February 2018, accused Hogg of rewriting history with his “we” claim.
“This is absolute revisionist history and quite frankly, BS,” Petty tweeted in reply to Hogg.
“You did nothing but make it more difficult for us to get the MSD bill passed in the Florida Legislature. It’s time to sit down, you charlatan.”
Petty also tweeted a March 2018 article by The Federalist that torpedoed the idea that the Hogg and other activists were “magically effective” in getting gun reform laws passed after the shooting.
That piece noted that the activism of the anti-gun Parkland surviviors was orchestrated not by students, but by a host of left-wing politicians and groups, including Democratic Reps. Debbie Wassermann Schultz and Ted Lieu, Michael Bloomberg’s gun-control group, the Women’s March, MoveOn.org, Planned Parenthood and the American Federation of Teachers.
Petty followed up on Monday with another tweet: “Absolute garbage masquerading as journalism. And Cullen is clueless. Parkland was different for exactly the opposite reason. The reason we got anything done was because the legislative focus after Parkland WAS NOT just guns.”
That comment was in response to a CNN interview with David Cullen, who wrote a book about Parkland.
Later Monday, Marc Caputo of NBC News, and a longtime Florida political reporter, noted that Petty was right.
“For two decades, I’ve covered Florida politics and the Legislature —including the MSD bill,” Caputo tweeted. “I can confirm the GOP-led Legislature was most moved by the urging of the parents,” he explained. “The two conservatives, Ryan & @AndrewPollackFL, were the most persuasive & played outsized roles.”
Andrew Pollack also lost his daughter, Meadow, in the attack. He has been an advocate for increased school safety, including appearing with Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd to argue for faculty to be trained as armed “guardians” in public schools.