David Hogg: Politicians Should Have Dealt With School Shootings 'Centuries Ago'

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg addresses March for Our Lives rally, March 24, 2018 in Washington, D.C. / Getty
October 23, 2018

March for Our Lives co-founder David Hogg said politicians should have addressed the problem of school shootings "centuries ago."

"We have to develop this courage when our political leaders refuse to have it," Hogg said. "When politicians say now is not the time to talk about this, they're right. The time to talk about this was decades and centuries ago when we should have ended the violence."

Hogg survived the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida earlier this year.

In March, Hogg gave a profanity-laced interview in which he attacked Republicans and the National Rifle Association.

"They're pathetic fuckers that want to keep killing our children," Hogg said about the NRA. "They could have blood from children splattered all over their faces and they wouldn't take action, because they all still see those dollar signs."

He also said "our parents don't know how to use a fucking democracy, so we have to."

Hogg decided to postpone his first year of college to work on November's midterm elections. He has said he has his eyes on running for political office in the future, and has expressed support for progressive causes and candidates such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, calling the New York congressional candidate a "future president of the United States."

The young activist has also attacked House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) because she is old.

"Older Democrats just won't move the f—k off the plate and let us take control. Nancy Pelosi is old," Hogg said.

Earlier this month, March for Our Lives released an ad that aimed to register young people to vote. The ad, entitled "My First Time," features famous actors and high school gun-control activists jokingly conflating their first time voting with their first time having sex. Hogg is included in the video.

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