As students across the country prepare to stage a national protest calling for gun control reform in the wake of school shootings, Parkland, Florida survivor David Hogg, 17, has declared this is the ‘start of a revolution.’
Hogg talked to Good Morning America on Saturday morning about his goals for participating in the ‘March For Our Lives’ demonstration at its primary event in Washington, DC.
‘Today we are going to start a revolution. This is the beginning of a lifelong marathon not only for me but for my generation,’ Hogg told GMA.
‘We are sick and tired of the inaction here in Washington and around the country at different state capitals and in different cities, of politicians that are owned by the NRA and not listening to the constituents of America.’
On Friday, Hogg used more forceful language, expressing his fatigue from advocacy, worries over relinquishing rights in favor of safety, and calling out what he referred to as ‘old-a** parents’ who ‘don’t know how to use a f***ing democracy.’
The student also criticized forthcoming security changes at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which he felt were infringements on First Amendment rights.
Parkland, Florida school shooting survivor David Hogg, age 17, has declared that the youth will ‘start a revolution’ because ‘old-a** parents don’t know how to use a f***ing democracy’
‘When your old-a** parent is like, :I don’t know how to send an iMessage,: and you’re just like, “Give me the f***ing phone and let me handle it,” Sadly, that’s what we have to do with our government,’ Hogg told The Outline on Friday.
‘Our parents don’t know how to use a f***ing democracy, so we have to.’
Hogg echoed that same idea on GMA on Saturday, but worded much differently.
‘We are the children. We are making our voices heard and we will change America with or without these politicians and today is the beginning of that revolution,’ he told Dan Harris and Adrienne Bankert.
What he didn’t mention on GMA was how tired he had become, due to fighting for gun control reform, but how that also somehow fueled him to keep going.
Hogg appears at a SiriusXM Roundtable Special Event with other Parkland, Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Students on Friday
Protesters gather for the March for Our Lives rally along Pennsylvania Avenue on Saturday in Washington, DC
‘I’m beyond exhausted,’ Hogg told The Outline. ‘I get to a certain point where I just get so tired that I keep going. It creates a positive feedback loop in some ways — the more stress and work I put on me, the more stress and work I can deal with.’
One thing that has Hogg stressed is the possible implementation of a new rule requiring backpacks carried at his school to be see-through.
‘It’s unnecessary, it’s embarrassing for a lot of the students and it makes them feel isolated and separated from the rest of American school culture where they’re having essentially their First Amendment rights infringed upon because they can’t freely wear whatever backpack they want regardless of what it is,’ Hogg said at a gun control rally on Friday, as reported by Grabie News.
Dan Rather (3rd from left) hosts a SiriusXM Roundtable Special Event with Parkland, Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Students and activists (left to right) Alex Wind, Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, and Jaclyn Corin at SiriusXM Studio on Friday in Washington, DC
‘It has to be a clear backpack. What we should have is just more policies that make sure that these students are feeling safe and secure in their schools and not like they’re being fought against like it’s a prison.’
‘One of the other important things to realize is many students want their privacy,’ he added. ‘There are many, for example, females in our school that when they go through their menstrual cycle, they don’t want people to see their tampons and stuff.’
Regarding politicians like US Senator from Florida Marco Rubio and Florida Governor Rick Scott, who take money from the NRA, Hogg said:
‘It just makes me think, “What sick f**ers out there want to continue to sell more guns, murder more children, and honestly just get reelected?”‘
He added: ‘What type of sh***y person does that? They could have blood from children splattered all over their faces and they wouldn’t take action, because they all still see these dollar signs.’
Despite the slogan of ‘Never Again,’ picked up by many after the massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day, there was another school shooting, just this week.
On Tuesday, Austin Wyatt Rollins, a 17-year-old white male student, shot two other students at Great Mills High School in Maryland. One of those students was his ex-girlfriend, Jaelynn Willey, age 16, who died after being taken off of life support on Thursday.
The other student shot, a 14-year-old male, is now in stable condition.
Rollins was engaged, and fatally shot, within one minute of his attack by School resource officer Blaine Gaskill.
From left to right: Aalayah Eastmond, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-Calif., David Hogg, also a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wait to speak on Thursday in Washington, DC, as survivors of gun violence, congressional lawmakers, and advocates, urge Congress to pass gun safety legislation ahead of the Saturday March For Our Lives
GMA asked Hogg how that made him feel.
‘I had to relive a lot of the previous memories that I had from my school shooting. Everybody takes grief their own way, but for me it was more infuriating, realizing that, because that was a person with a gun,’ he said.
‘In reality were they taken out by law enforcement? Yes, and I’m so glad that they were, but they shouldn’t have had to do that in the first place. It’s due to a lack of in-training, a mental health care problem,a gun control problem and an American problem, is what we have here.’
Hogg clarified earlier, to The Outline, that he has no problem with people who are trained, and mentally well, owning guns and enjoying their constitutional rights.
‘Honestly, it’s alright that people are buying more guns. I just care that they are being safe individuals. And they can practice their Second Amendment rights all they want. I don’t give a f*** about that,’ he said.
‘I just want to make sure that a crazy-a** individual doesn’t get an AR-15 or any weapon at all.’
The March For Our Lives demonstrations are scheduled to kick off at noon on Saturday, across the country.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, faced court briefly on February 15 as he was officially charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder over the high school shooting massacre
PICTURED: Fourteen students, geography teacher, coach and athletic director shot dead in Florida high school massacre
Jaime Guttenberg, 14, (left) was described by relatives as a ‘kind-hearted, sweet’ girl. She attended the school with her younger brother who survived and rushed home afterwards. Senior Nicholas Dworet (right) was a gifted swimmer who had his sights set on 2020 Tokyo Olympics success. His devastated college student girlfriend is among those grieving his death. Friends said he was not just a talented athlete, but a ‘good guy’ who will be missed
Martin Duque, 14, (left) was missing for hours on Wednesday and his frantic family desperately appealed for him to get in touch on social media. On Thursday, his older brother Miguel confirmed his death. Martin was a freshman. Meadow Pollack, 18, (right) was preparing for college. Her father was at the school on Wednesday and showed her photograph around in the hope that she would be found alive
Cara Loughran (left) was missing on Wednesday afternoon. Her mother Denise and her father rushed to the designated hotel where parents were told to go to be reunited with their children in the hope that she would be found alive. Her grieving neighbor confirmed her death on Thursday. Alyssa Alhadeff, 15, (right) was eulogized by her mother who said she was a talented soccer player and creative mind. ‘All she had to offer the world was love… I just sent her to school and she was shot and killed,’ she said
Luke Hoyer, 15, (left) was described as a ‘precious’ child by his grandparents who confirmed his death. They found out about the shooting on television. They said he was a ‘good kid’ who ‘never got in trouble’. Joaquin Oliver, 17, (right) was also killed. Joaquin was a Venezuelan immigrant who came to the US with his family for a ‘better future’, they said on Thursday
Gina Montalto, 15, (left) was described as a ‘light and joy’. She and Jaime, another victim, volunteered at a local project called The Friendship Initiative where they acted as buddies for children with special needs. Gina’s mother Jennifer shared pleas to find her on social media on Wednesday. Alaina Petty, 14, (right) was also killed. Her Mormon church confirmed her death, saying she was a ‘valiant’ member
Carmen Schentrup, 16, (left) was also killed in the shooting. Carmen was a gifted student who last year was named as a semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. It includes students who score above average in their SATs or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. ROTC student Peter Wang, 15, (right) also died. His parents speak little English and relied on their neighbor to post social media appeals looking for him. They went to the Marriott hotel with other parents to wait for news of him on Wednesday night and have since confirmed that he was among those killed
Alex Schachter, 14, (left) was also killed. His mother died when he was a child and he attended the school in Florida with his brother, who survived. The teenager’s father Max said he was a ‘sweetheart of a child’ who ‘just wanted to do well and please his parents’. Helena Ramsey, 17, (right) was described by relatives as a ‘reserved’ and studious girl who was due to go to college next year
Geography Scott Beigel, 35, (left) was shot dead as he tried to lock the door of his classroom again after letting a group of fleeing students in to hide. They were running away from the gunman. Aaron Feis, 37, (right) died acting as a human shield. The track coach had thrown himself on top of the kids to stop the bullets from hitting him. He was a former student and was also a security guard at the school where he had worked for eight years
Athletic director Chris Hixon, 49, was also killed shielding students