Teen Genius: AR-15s Only Good for “Hunting a Human Being”
Famed Parkland survivor David Hogg has still not given up the limelight from his 15 minutes of fame. Nor has he apparently done the slightest bit of self-reflection and research after jumping out in front of his fellow survivors to become the most prominent anti-gun activist in the country.
Of course, if you were being rewarded with fame and adoration from Hollywood for your ignorant stance on guns, you might also find it difficult to consider the possibility that you might be wrong. His co-activist, Cameron Kasky, has done a better job listening to actual gun owners, but Hogg has more important things to think about. Like building a political career off the fact that he happened to attend Stoneman Douglas High School.
Appearing with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell this week, Hogg showed clearly that he is no better informed about the Second Amendment today than he was this time last year.
Telling Mitchell that his work to ban guns was a grassroots movement, he said, “Sometimes it does have to be state by state. Even at the state level, sometimes they don’t want to work with us. That’s why in Florida yesterday along with several family members of people that were lost in the shooting at my high school, we introduced a ballot initiative that we are working on getting right now to ban assault weapons in the state like the one that the shooter at my high school used so that no other person can get their hands on them.
“The truth of the matter is weapons like the AR-15 have an effective range of over 1500 meters,” Hogg continued. “If you’re using the weapon within an effective range of over 1500 meters you are not defending yourself, you are you are hunting a human being. And I don’t think any civilian needs to have their hands on a military weapon like that.”
Uh-huh. Too bad Mitchell did not ask Hogg what the cutoff range should be for a personal defense rifle. It would have been most illuminating to hear the answer.
Instead, the only time Mitchell decided to do her work as a journalist and actually challenge her guest was when Hogg started picking on USA Today, telling her that they should be ashamed of themselves for turning mass killers into instant celebrities. THAT got Mitchell on her defensive high horse very quickly, as you might have guessed.
“Perhaps because of its circulation but I have to tell you all of us, speaking just more broadly, all of the media do focus on the killers and on their backgrounds,” Mitchell said. “I take your point David that they should not be glorified.”
It should not go unnoticed that USA Today editor Susan Page happened to be sitting on Mitchell’s guest panel at the time, which perhaps explains why the host rushed to their defense. Nonetheless, it was amusing to see that liberal newscasters actually do care about Hogg’s ignorance…when it suits them.