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The Federalist: Why Is Non-Jew David Hogg Speaking At A Jewish Event About Gun Control?

Co-founder of March for Our Lives and leftist darling David Hogg is scheduled to speak to a convention of thousands of high school students in Dallas in February. Eighteen-year-old Hogg rose to fame as a gun control activist after a shooting at his high school in Parkland, Florida in February 2018.

Since the attack, Hogg has appeared at numerous events around the country and on television to talk gun control, including Anderson Cooper on CNN and “The Dr. Phil Show,” both within weeks of the massacre. Hogg has accused Second Amendment supporters of caring more about the right to bear arms than the lives of children, attacking Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in particular.

For example, he began a March 2018 speech by displaying a “price tag” of $1.05. Hogg’s sister Lauren explained, “We took the amount of money that Marco Rubio took from the NRA, and we divided it by every single student in the state of Florida. So, this is how much we’re worth to the Florida government. It’s our price tag.”

With the national notoriety he has accrued, it comes as no surprise that Hogg has snagged this upcoming speaking engagement in Dallas. What is shocking, however, is that he will not be presenting at a gun control conference or Young Democrats event. He will be the keynote speaker at the biennial convention of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), the youth branch of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).

The URJ is the largest Jewish denomination in North America. More than one million Americans and Canadians are affiliated with its 900 member congregations. Hogg is not Jewish, so his only role at this convention will be as a political activist.