Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg claims “there have been seven assassination attempts” on his life in the past year.
Hogg made the remarks in an interview with The Washington Post released Tuesday.
The 19-year-old activist said he sees those who would want him dead as “misguided and misinformed of what we’re actually here to talk about.”
“But I also realize, if they kill me, that’s probably the stupidest thing they could do to try to end the movement,” Hogg told the newspaper. “Because that would make it even more successful in the end. Because it would invigorate us and create f—ing change.”
Hogg was one of the student leaders behind the #NeverAgain gun-control advocacy group in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018.
The massacre claimed the lives of 14 students and three faculty members at Hogg’s school. Seventeen others were wounded.
“Honestly, I realize that it’s horrible that I have to live through this, and it is traumatizing,” Hogg said. “But you eventually become desensitized to it. Like, oh, your house got SWAT-ted. You got a call from the police saying someone said that everyone in your family had been killed and that you are being held hostage for $100,000. Right? That becomes part of daily life. It’s just something that you have to get through. But, I mean, what am I going to do? Stop?”
Hogg was referring to a June 2018 incident in which the Broward Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was called to his family’s Parkland home in reference to a hostage situation. The call turned out to be a prank.