Special Opinion to the Cape Charles Mirror by Paul Plante
For those who do not yet know him, David Miles Hogg (born c. 2000), who just crushed Laura Ingraham of FOX News in a matter of hours, and left her groveling at his feet, seeking his grace, is an American student who survived the massacre of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14, 2018, and afterward became a gun control advocate and an activist against gun violence in the United States.
According to his professionally-done Wikipedia bio, Hogg chose to attend Stoneman Douglas High School because of the television production classes it offered, and he is a media –savvy Teenlink reporter for the Sun Sentinel, as a result.
While hiding in a closet while the shooting was going on at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, used his cell phone to record the scene and to interview the other students hiding in the closet, and after the school shooting, Hogg emerged as a leader in the 2018 United States gun violence protests, turning to the media to talk about his role as a survivor in the shooting and voice his opinion on gun control and gun violence.
After finishing high school, Hogg plans to take a gap year to campaign for politicians in favor of gun reform.
Hogg was also featured on the cover of an April 2018 edition of Time.
In an interview with Fox News, Hogg said he was for reasonable gun control such as regulations that prohibit those suffering from mental illnesses from acquiring guns.
Focus on that statement of his, because shortly, we will be fact-checking it courtesy of the NY Times.
As to who the real David Hogg is, we get to find that out from him in an obscenity-laced tirade in Real Clear Politics entitled “David Hogg: ‘Our Parents Don’t Know How To Use A F*cking Democracy, So We Have To’” posted by Tim Hains on March 23, 2018, where we learn as follows about the nation’s newest heroic figure, to wit:
The Outline interviewed David Hogg, a 17-year old survivor of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, who says he is the NRA’s “worst nightmare.”
Hogg’s interview was laced with profanity against his detractors, Gov. Rick Scott, the NRA, old people and others.
Hogg said he became an activist because adults don’t know how to “use a f*cking democracy”:
“When your old-a** parent is like, ‘I don’t know how to send an iMessage,’ and you’re just like, ‘Give me the f**king phone and let me handle it.’”
“Sadly, that’s what we have to do with our government; our parents don’t know how to use a f**king democracy, so we have to.”
There, people, is the voice of the American youth of today speaking, and to me, anyway, as a parent and grandparent, it is not pretty, nor do I find any comfort for anyone in those words of his.
He thinks “democracy” is using an I-phone to text your friends.
How pitiful, as is his language and his obvious disrespect and contempt for his own parents, one of whom happens to be a teacher for Broward County Public Schools in Broward County, Florida, as well as old people in America who have shed blood for this country and its freedoms so young American Cromwell David Hogg can be a detractor and insulter of people older than he is, who also happen to know a whole lot more about America and real life and yes, getting shot at while not hiding in a closet, than he does.
As to his political platform as expressed in that Real Clear Politics interview, young Mr. Hogg states it as follows:
“Honestly, it’s alright that people are buying more guns.”
“I just care that they are being safe individuals.”
“And they can practice their Second Amendment rights all they want.”
“I don’t give a f**k about that.”
“I just want to make sure that a crazy-*** individual doesn’t get an AR-15 or any weapon at all,” Hogg said about guns.
And that last statement of his then takes us to a New York Times article from Feb. 16, 2018, about a month before the Hogg interview above where he gave his foul mouth free rein, entitled “Checking Facts and Falsehoods About Gun Violence and Mental Illness After Parkland Shooting” by Linda Qiu and Justin Bank where we were told the attack in Parkland, Florida has led to widespread conversations about links between gun violence and mental illness, and how lawmakers and interest groups are debating potential policy responses, some of which appeared here in the CCM.
With respect to young David’s statement that “I just want to make sure that a crazy-*** individual doesn’t get an AR-15 or any weapon at all,” the NY Times explores that subject in detail starting with this quote by House Speaker Paul Ryan, to wit:
“Mental health is often a big problem underlying these tragedies.”
As to that claim, the NY Times states as follows:
There’s a link, but it’s more limited than widely thought.
Mr. Ryan’s claim reflects a common misconception.
According to various polls, roughly half of Americans either believe that failing to identify people with mental health problems is the primary cause of gun violence or that addressing mental health issues would be a major deterrent.
That conclusion is not shared by experts or widely accepted research.
In an analysis of 235 mass killings, many of which were carried out with firearms, 22 percent of the perpetrators could be considered mentally ill.
Overall, mass shootings by people with serious mental illness represent 1 percent of all gun homicides each year, according to the book “Gun Violence and Mental Illness” published by the American Psychiatric Association in 2016.
Now, as I say, this information was out about a month before David Hogg ran his foul mouth in the Real Clear Politics interview, and you would think that somebody who holds himself out as an expert here like David Hogg does would have this information at his fingertips before he opened his mouth, so as to not make himself appear ignorant and uninformed when he does open his mouth, but not David Hogg, nor does he need facts on his side, when he has a wave of passion and emotion to ride instead, and continue to stoke as he builds for himself a cult of adulation in America among America’s youth who hear Hogg’s obscenity-laced rants against adults as a siren song for themselves to join in on.
Getting back to the NY Times under the heading “Some further research:”
• A 2016 academic study estimated that just 4 percent of violence is associated with serious mental illness alone.
“Evidence is clear that the large majority of people with mental disorders do not engage in violence against others, and that most violent behavior is due to factors other than mental illness,” the study concluded.
• A 2015 study found that less than 5 percent of gun-related killings in the United States between 2001 and 2010 were committed by people diagnosed with mental illness.
So much for the uninformed David Hogg’s belief that keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill will stop school shootings.
As to already existing federal laws on the subject, federal law already bars anyone who “has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution” from purchasing a gun,” and a majority of states have laws requiring them to report mental health information to the national background check system.
As the NY Times tells us, after the Newtown shooting, President Obama proposed adding another data source to the background check system: reports from the Social Security Administration of people who receive disability benefits through a third party because of mental impairments.
According to a 2016 White House fact sheet, the rule would have affected 75,000 people.
It was opposed by the National Rifle Association, but also the American Civil Liberties Union, which said the rule violated civil rights.
Some disability rights groups also argued against the rule on the basis that it perpetuated stigmas about mental illness.
Speaking of perpetuating stigmas about mental illness, foul-mouthed American Cromwell David Hogg seems to be leading the pack here.
As to any politician David Hogg and his foul-mouth were supporting, I would oppose them in principle because they would have to think like him with respect to adults, parents and old people to gain his support, and as an old person in America, I don’t want those kinds of people in positions of power over me.
As to democracy, if we were to ask the founding fathers like James Madison of Virginia why they were against democracy in this country as a form of government, their candid answer would be because of people like David Hogg, who appeal to passion and emotion to get their way, and the facts be damned.