In a recent interview with CBS News, gun control activist David Hogg boasted about guns laws he helped get passed that he says saved the life of his mother, while also admitting that added gun restrictions have not prevented further mass shootings.
Hogg and the organization March for Our Lives were vaulted into the spotlight after the Parkland mass shooting in 2018, which sparked massive protests across the United States, predominantly featuring young people who wanted increased gun restrictions.
The report states that Hogg acknowledges that the gun control laws that have been passed since 2018, including ones he helped get pushed through, have not stopped an increase of mass shootings in the United States, but he still believes they have stopped some.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, there were 336 mass shootings in the United States 2018, versus 417 in 2019 and 611 in 2020. CBS News states an unspecified number of approximately 600 for 2022.
Hogg, who was instrumental as one of the organization's front men, takes credit for increasing the purchase age for guns in Florida to 21 years old, as well as passing a red-flag law that allowed law enforcement to seek "risk protection orders" in the state.
The activist says that law saved his mother's life, after he says he received a threat that said "F*** with the NRA and you'll be DOA."
"This person lived, like, 20 minutes away from us. We used the law that we created after Parkland to disarm that individual. And because of the law that we passed, it very may well have stopped me from having to bury my own mother," said Hogg.
The college student says the law has been used thousands of times to stop similar actions.
"That same law has been used over 6,000 times since Parkland," Hogg added, likely referring to a report from May 2022 about the red-flag law usage in Florida.
"This law has been used on average about four times a day since the law was implemented. ... It was actually passed with bipartisan support," said Kelsi Thorud in 2018, a reporter for WESH2.
When he graduates from college, Hogg says he plans to implement a plan to battle the gun lobby similar to those who have lobbied against tobacco companies.
"The tobacco industry is exactly the model that I think of in terms of the decades of work that it will take to address this issue."
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