Co-Founder of March For Our Lives
On February 14, 2018, David Hogg’s life changed forever. As a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, David survived the largest school shooting in American history. Having lost friends, classmates and teachers, David decided to take action, so no other young person would have to experience what he went through on that fateful day. Read More >
March For Our Lives
How to fight the Gun Lobby
The morning after the Parkland, Florida shooting, survivor David Hogg told CNN: “We’re children. You guys are the adults. Get over your politics and get something done.” Less than a month later, David, who had become one of most articulate voices of the March for Our Lives movement, had changed his perspective. His generation could not look to their elders to drive change. It was up to them to take charge. Addressing an estimated 800,000 protestors at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, David declared, “The sun shines on a new day—and it is ours!” In this passionate keynote, David inspires his generation to engage in the change: Register. Educate. Vote. Work on Congressional campaigns. Volunteer to register voters. Canvas. Phone bank. WIN. Citing a range of issues from ending gun violence, racism and inequality to protecting the environment, he says, “Everything that affects your life is on that ballot. Free college is on the ballot. The draft is on the ballot. Universal health care is on the ballot. Abortion is on the ballot. The Supreme Court is on the ballot. Your inaction today will affect your tomorrow.”
Every day in America, 96 people die from guns. The effective range of an AR-15, the automatic weapon used to massacre 17 students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, is 1,600 feet (vs. 75 feet for a typical handgun). According to David Hogg, “If you’re shooting somebody from 1,600 feet away, you’re not defending yourself…you’re hunting.” Combining his emotional experiences as a survivor of gun violence with political lessons learned as one of the founders of the March for Our Lives movement, David outlines what citizens must do to ensure that we will no longer live in fear of gun violence. Noting that 77 per cent of 18 to 29 year olds say that this issue influences how they will vote, David calls on Americans to push out the politicians that send thoughts and prayers with each mass shooting. Instead, we must all come together—not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans—to elect representatives that stand for common sense gun laws.
Centennial Theatre (560) was totally filled with students and we had to have about 100 in an overflow room. David was delightful at the Principal’s reception beforehand and was inspiring at the lecture!