Saturday, 21 April, 2018

Florida teens respond to right-wing conspiracy theorists

Students Kelsey Friend left and David Hogg speak last Thursday about the mass shooting at their school Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Fla Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg swats down Donald Trump Jr. as 'immature, rude, and inhumane'
Nicole Thomas | 22 February, 2018, 01:34

"No one is paying us to do this. So until you go through what we are going through, you have no right to criticize us".

Even as they cope with the trauma of the event and the loss of classmates, numerous students have bravely gone public with their opinions on the attacks, calling for their state and federal government to enact significant gun safety measures in response. Conspiracy Theorists say it's proof he's not from Florida. "We'll never get beyond that if, as soon as you show up, you're demonized".

The original version of the video, uploaded past year, is still on YouTube.

Business Insider once described The Gateway Pundit as "a far-right website that has repeatedly misidentified attackers and continues to promote debunked conspiracy theories about President Barack Obama's birthplace, among other misinformation".

David Hogg has been a vocal supporter of stricter gun laws in the days since a gunman killed 17 people at his high school, causing him to become the subject of online conspiracy theories that he is an actor pushing an anti-gun agenda. "They've been there. I can verify that", Runcie told the newspaper.

"This kid ... turns out to be the son of an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who spends his spare time as a progressive activist and a #NeverTrumper", reads the shared post from Ron Dwyer.

Hogg, the high school's student news director, has become a sensation among many liberals for his polished and compelling television interviews, in which he has called on lawmakers to enact tougher restrictions on guns.

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"I need to make these people's voices heard so that they don't die in vain", said Hogg.

Nugent also liked a comment on his Facebook post that said Hogg was not even a student and was instead a 26-year-old actor. Another video claiming that the Florida school shooting was a "giant false flag" has 170,000 views.

As evidence, True Pundit posted a photo claiming to by Hogg at a CNN news desk, wearing a CNN T-shirt one week prior to the shooting.

The site also accused Hogg of "not remembering his lines" while posting a video of him making statements and stumbling over his words prior to a pre-taped interview.

A number of high-profile conservatives have willingly jumped on these conspiracy theories as well: former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke suggested on Twitter that the student activism was part of a "well ORGANIZED effort" by Soros and retweeted others suggesting that the students' messages should be ignored due to their ages.

Benjamin Kelly, an aide to Republican Florida state Rep. Shawn Harrison, told the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday afternoon that both Hogg and a fellow student were "actors that travel to various crisis when they happen".

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