Apparently there is a level to which some people will gladly stoop in their effort to garner for themselves that ever-elusive ‘15 minutes of fame.’ I’m sure that by now most have heard of David Hogg, the 17-year-old Florida school shooting witness and now enthusiastic anti-gun crusader, who in trying to take full advantage of his new found ‘fame’ made the rounds to many of the Sunday ‘news’ shows. And in so doing Hogg revealed a demeanor that was equal parts deer-in-the-headlights mixed with the Damien character from the movie, ‘The Omen’. It was a rather strange spectacle of a mean-spirited little zealot in over his head spewing all manner of conspiratorial gibberish as unnerved adults responded with tight smiles and patronizing nods.
More than a week after the Parkland school shooting massacre, with the raw emotion of 17 dead innocents subsiding, the ginned up state-controlled media hysteria having pretty much run its course, and the public waking up to the fact that, outside of the killer himself, it’s the government that is very much to blame for the fact that this massacre was ALLOWED to take place. Both the FBI and the Broward County Sheriff’s office, headed up by a man who has to be one of the most incompetent individuals to ever head up a law enforcement department, have much to answer for. Not an NRA which five years ago called for additional school security and a tightening of the very background checks that might have kept a firearm out of this killer’s hands.
Up until Sunday, this kid, Hogg, had served almost perfectly as the media’s avatar of hate towards the NRA, the Second Amendment, as well as gun owners everywhere. But that was while he was surfing a sizable wave of emotion. Now that he needs to actually say something substantive, something beyond I’M OUTRAGED he’s come to appear as little more than delusional. Sure, Hogg is still a mean little brat, a bully drunk on his own unearned power, but now that the wave has crested, Hogg had to switch gears. Give him (or his handlers) credit for understanding that. Nevertheless, Hogg’s masterplan is to, get this, drive a wedge between the NRA and NRA members using wild-eyed conspiracy theories spiked with venom against Dana Loesch.
While appearing on the Clown News Network (CNN) Hogg’s bitter immaturity and belief in childish things made him look equal parts mean, helpless, manipulated, and ridiculous. The only thing Hogg appears to have learned from the silly conspiracy theories surrounding him is how to spread his own. First he gave Loesch a promotion from mere spokesperson of the NRA to CEO. Then he revealed that Loesch is a super-secret lobbyist for gun manufacturers. Then no, it’s gets worse. Loesch is an arms dealer who actually sells guns. But Hogg saved his most frightening revelation for last. Apparently, Loesch is the leader of some sinister organization, a bloodthirsty villainess who’s comfortable in the knowledge that she owns Congress and politicians.
And in responding to what was Hogg’s sizable avalanche of ‘fake news’, all the host of the laughably-titled ‘Reliable Sources’ could do was ask in awe, “Where does the information come from when you talk about this?” Hogg quickly put the question to rest with this bit of precision craftsmanship saying, “My previous research in speech and debate through learning about universal background checks, having to argue on both sides.” And it was then that Hogg revealed that he sees a future for himself in both media and politics. Are we witnessing a young ‘Jake Tapper’ in the making, attempting to make a career for himself on the dead bodies of his classmates? Perhaps it’s time for the young Mr. Hogg to undergo a psych evaluation of his own.
And then during Monday’s bizarre episode of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” that this little twerp declared that it’s Gov. Rick Scott who should be seen as being responsible for the Broward County Sheriff Department’s actions, or inaction, leading up to and during the Parkland school shooting. Hogg said, “I’m glad you bring that up. It is raising concern the fact they didn’t go up, but that brings up two things. One, how can we expect our teachers to step in and take action if trained security guards part of the sheriff’s department wouldn’t take action. And two, why are these elected officials trying to blame this on the bureaucracy. They’re in charge of them. This is their fault. They should have been regulating them.”
He said, “I’m not going to allow them to pressure these people because at the end of the day it’s their fault. These elected officials are the boss of these sheriff personnel and just like the president is the boss of the FBI, Governor Rick Scott is essentially the boss of Scott Israel the sheriff, and as such he should be held accountable and can’t blame this on the bureaucracy and expect to get reelected.” He added, “I want to point something out, that football coach was a security guard and he was protecting those students. He is one of the people that stepped in, unlike those cowardly Broward County Sheriff’s officials. Honestly, I fully support law enforcement and we always should. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to speak here today.”
And he concluded by saying, “We wouldn’t have a functioning democracy where everybody can practice their First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Sadly, these are a few individuals did not conduct their job correctly but I don’t think it’s right that Governor Rick Scott is blaming this on the bureaucracy in an effort to get reelected.” What this imbecile chooses to ignore is the fact that Rick Scott is NOT “essentially the boss of Scott Israel the sheriff.” Also Hogg’s eagerness to accuse those of blaming “the bureaucracy in an effort to get reelected” might have something to do with the fact that his father, Kevin Hogg, happens to be a retired FBI agent. Thus it was dear old dad who was a member of this very same bureaucracy.
And then it was also on Monday that Hogg took time out to attack President Trump for allegedly evading the draft during the Vietnam War in the 1960s. Hogg wrote, “Calling the sheriff a coward is so ironic coming from a man who evaded the draft multiple times due to his power and influence. @realDonaldTrump you’re a hypocrite that is owned by the NRA please prove me wrong.” Trump has criticized as a coward the Broward County Sheriff’s deputy who served as the resource officer at the school, for hiding outside from the gunman rather than entering the school building and confronting him with deadly force during the February 14 attack by a former student that killed 17 students and faculty. An accusation that I thought was justified.
After having watched those on the left continue to fall all over this kid I can’t help but wonder how long it might be before we see out on the campaign trail with the likes of ‘Mad Maxine’ Waters or any number other hardcore leftwing anti-gun Democrats up for re-election this year. And as much as I hate to be the one to bust this kid’s balloon, it was Obummer’s policies that lead to this shooter NOT being arrested for a felony when he shot his neighbor’s animals. Not to mention the other 38 times that the police were called to his home. And it was the dynamic duo of Obummer/Holder who went after those schools that suspended children and who didn’t want to see them arrested. That’s where he should focus his ‘anger.’
And for those who may think I’m coming down too hard on this kid, all I have to say is when you venture out into the media and start throwing around loaded terms, as this kid has done, you become fair game for criticism. Not all of that criticism might be “fair” but that’s how life is. He’s exploiting memes and really he’s just being a dumb kid who’s getting caught up in the media exposure. And what he’s spewing is really nothing more than nonsensical garbage and pure propaganda. He knows virtually nothing about the topic at hand. Being a survivor of such an event does not qualify one as being any sort of an expert on public policy. If anything it makes one less reliable because one cannot detach the emotion(s) of the event from the discussion.