David Hogg’s Wikipedia page describes him as an American gun control activist. He was a high school student during the tragic Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Hogg gained national prominence by understandably speaking out against the shooting. As an adult, he turns 22 April 12, he has clearly defined himself as a person on the left. Hogg even went so far to start a pillow company to compete with Mike Lindell’s MyPillow, a company he later resigned from. Although he has left the pillow business, Hogg still puts out content asking for gun control with varying degrees of success.
We do not need to spend a lot of time on the text of the tweet because it can quickly be dispensed with by the observation that it is illegal to kill humans, so it really is not a thing that needs to be regulated by licensure. We want to control the deer population but not completely exterminate them, thus the need for a hunting license. Now that we have that out of the way I want to talk about what is behind this tweet, and others like it.
David Hogg’s thinks his life experience is paramount over everyone else’s, so a statements truth or effectiveness is irrelevant. In his mind his feelings are sufficient to make policy. The man suffered a horrific experience, no doubt, but there is a reason we do not let the families of victims decide on sentences for the people who committed the crimes. Society would devolve into an endless replay of the Hatfield and McCoy feud.
There is another data point that helps us see that this is true. Hogg caught a lot of negative attention for the tweet and responded with this:
He uses his personal experience to trump any argument in opposition to his view on a legitimate policy debate. It is extremely unlikely David Hogg has ever purchased a gun. If he had, he would know it is one of the most regulated industries in the United States. He is ignorant of the facts involved in the debate because they are not necessary for him to make his argument. This type of thinking is not new on the left. It has been their methodology for the last fifty years. David Hogg is just one of the newest proponents of feelings over facts.