The Parkland shooting survivors are the NRA's worst nightmare.
Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg has emerged as a powerful advocate for gun violence prevention in the aftermath of the Valentine’s Day mass shooting that killed 17 of his classmates and teachers.
Hogg’s voice is so powerful, in fact, that the NRA and its attack dogs are terrified of it — and they’ve launched an all-out smear campaign in an attempt to silence him.
But the teenage shooting survivor isn’t letting them get in his way, as he made clear Saturday morning on MSNBC’s “AM Joy.”
“The right is claiming that you are being led around by celebrities, by George Soros, by the left,” host Joy Reid said. “Your response?”
“I’m so sorry for each and every one of them,” Hogg said, before turning to the camera and addressing his attackers directly. “It’s so sad to see how many of you have lost faith in America, because we certainly haven’t, and we’re never going to.”
“You might as well stop now,” he added, “because we’re going to outlive you.”
Clearly threatened by the powerful advocacy of the Parkland survivors, the NRA and its right-wing allies have spent the past week pushing demonstrably false smears and conspiracy theories in a failed effort to discredit the teens.
Hogg has been called a “crisis actor” by some, while others claim he’s a “pawn” for the gun-control agenda who has been “coached” to deliver anti-gun talking points. Some have also accused Hogg’s father, a former FBI agent, of coaching his son to speak out against Trump — a conspiracy theory that Donald Trump Jr. endorsed on Twitter.
The NRA has good reason to be scared: The teens from Stoneman Douglas have sparked a movement that is driving the NRA’s corporate sponsors to flee in unprecedented numbers.
They’ve also kept the nation’s attention focused on gun violence prevention for ten days straight — something that no one else has been able to achieve in the aftermath of any other major mass shooting in modern history.
But there’s one thing that terrifies the NRA more than anything: By the next presidential election, most of these teens will be old enough to vote.