Even David Hogg, a survivor of the 2018 highschool shooting in Parkland, Florida, is optimistic that gun supporters may be a bit more willing to compromise this time around after the slaying of 19 children and two teachers in a mass shooting last month in Uvalde, Texas.
That’s because, to Hogg’s surprise, Fox News on Friday printed his op-ed pleading for a stepped-up level of activism to press for laws for increased gun safety.
“When 17 of my classmates and teachers were murdered in my Parkland, Florida, school in 2018, a bunch of us desperately sought answers,” Hogg wrote within the op-ed.
“How could adults have let this occur?” he asked. “In shock, we marched for our lives with one million other Americans of all stripes. There have been countless reasons to offer up within the years since. You already know town names and the incidents they represent. This time the consequence should be different, and whether it is, it’s going to be due to responsible residents.”
Attitudes are “changing for what looks like the primary time,” Hogg added. “Gun owners, even former gun industry executives, are demanding motion because tragedies like Uvalde don’t reflect their values. I do know there are tens of millions of you who need to do the correct thing.”
“I don’t know what the precise answer is, but I do know that you ought to be on the table,” Hogg emphasized. “Your voice matters. Your rights matter. Your decency matters. We’ve got disagreed previously, but we should not enemies. Our enemy shouldn’t be a celebration or organization, it’s gun violence.”
Take a look at the remainder of Hogg’s op-ed here.