Gun control activist David Hogg has said that he thinks the Second Amendment was not intended to be "an individual right" but that it "has been intentionally misinterpreted."
The text of the Second Amendment states, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
"After reading about the history of the second amend and talking with a lot of hist & law professors- I believe the second amendment has been intentionally misinterpreted. It was never meant as an individual right it was created to protect state militias like the national guard," Hogg wrote.
"It says well regulated militia for a reason. The 'shall not be infringed' part means the federal government is not allowed to forcibly disarm state militias. I’m not alone in this interpretation. Over 100 years of jurisprudence back me up on this," he claimed. "To those who don’t agree that’s fine- you are entitled to your own opinion and I’m still ready to work with you on what we can agree on. Disagreement and hatred are not the same thing," he added.
"Our unregulated militia prevented us from insuring domestic tranquility and promoting the general welfare of our children and citizens. This has prevented us from securing Blessings of Liberty the founders set out to protect in writing our constitution," he wrote in another post.
Hogg was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, when a mass shooting was perpetrated at that school in 2018.
Last week, Hogg hailed Michigan state Rep. Ranjeev Puri, a Democrat who said, "F*** your thoughts and prayers," in a statement about the Michigan State University shooting carried out earlier this month.
"Thoughts and prayers without action and change are meaningless. Our office will continue to work tirelessly to pass common sense gun reform immediately. We will not stop until our students can attend school without fear, our communities can attend places of worship in peace, and our society is safe from senseless gun violence," Puri said.
"We need more politicians like this," Hogg tweeted.
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