A survivor of this month’s deadly Florida school shooting is calling for students to boycott of the state’s annual spring break until lawmakers pass sensible gun control legislation.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS senior David Hogg urged spring breakers to take their business elsewhere via social media on Saturday as a way to motivate politicians to act against weapons in the state.
‘Let’s make a deal DO NOT come to Florida for spring break unless gun legislation is passed,’ Hogg posted in a tweet to his 213,000 followers.
David Hogg (pictured) urged spring breakers to take their business elsewhere via social media on Saturday as a way to motivate politicians
Hogg posted the tweet less than a week after Florida lawmakers rejected a ban against assault rifles
‘These politions (sic) won’t listen to us so maybe the’ll (sic) listen to the billion dollar tourism industry in FL,’ he added.
On February 14, Nikolas Cruz stormed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and murdered 17 people in a shocking daytime attack.
The shooting has led to fierce national debate over the wisdom of current gun-control standards and what steps can be taken to stop mass killings on school campuses in the future.
The shooting has led to fierce national debate over the wisdom of current gun-control standards (Pictured: Florida Gov. Rick Scott)
The National Rifle Association, or NRA, has pushed back, however, arguing that law abiding citizens shouldn’t have their second amendment right abridged due to a handful of deranged individuals.
Hogg posted the tweet less than a week after Florida lawmakers rejected a ban against assault rifles as survivors of the Parkland school shooting looked on, bursting into tears following the deliberative body’s decision.
Republican governor of Florida Rick Scott said on Friday that he would be opened to instituting some modest reforms in the state, including raising the minimum age for gun purchases from 18 to 21 while calling for a police officer to be assigned to every campus.
The high school Senior also appeared on MSNBC’s ‘AM Joy’ on Saturday to retell his experience during the Valentine’s Day shooting and explain why he and so many of his classmates posted to social media during the incident.
‘I wanted to make sure that even if our souls were left behind on that classroom floor, our voices would echo on to the halls of Congress,’ he said.
‘Because I didn’t know if we were going to make it out on the time, I didn’t know what was going to happen next. I just knew, if i did die, i wanted to die doing what I loved most and I wanted to die telling the most important story of my life.’
Cruz, 19, was expelled from Marjory Stoneman last February after officials at the high school claimed they documented at least five separate violent incidents involving the Florida native.
The incident marked the eighth time a shooting took place on a school campus involving one person being wounded since the beginning of 2018, according to CNN.
Nikolas Cruz (pictured) stormed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and murdered 17 people in a shocking daytime attack