When vice president Mike Pence addressed the National Rifle Association at the NRA’s annual meeting in Dallas earlier this month, the U.S. Secret Service – the agency assigned to protect him – notified the NRA that guns were to be banned at the convention, a stark contrast to the policy of an organization adamant at protecting its second amendment right.
The NRA complied, a development whose irony did not escape student activist David Hogg of Parkland, FL.
“It’s ironic that they feel the need to ban guns to protect themselves, especially after their main philosophy has been more guns equals more protection,” Hogg recently told the Tam O’Shanter.
Hogg is a survivor of the Feb. 14 shooting at Stonewall Douglas Marjory High School which took the lives of 17 people. Since the shooting, Hogg has become a renowned advocate for gun control and a face of a growing movement for increased gun control legislation. Hogg, a senior who will graduate in a few weeks, also is a part of the “Never Again” movement that was started by him and other teenage survivors and grown to a national advocate of gun control.
Hogg points out as well the NRA “doesn’t think they need to protect our kids in the same way,” calling attention to the fact that there are guns in schools as well as that guns are ever-present in our society.
Hogg vows to continue to campaign for stricter gun control and remain a major figure in the “Never Again” movement.