Gun safety activist David Hogg interrupted a House committee hearing Wednesday on banning assault-style weapons after a Republican member argued that Americans need more firearms because of an “invasion” of migrants.
“You’re repeating a mass shooter, sir,” Hogg shouted to Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz).
Hogg’s High School in Parkland, Florida, was attacked by a mass shooter armed with an AR-15 style rifle in 2018, killing 17 people. The killer expressed racist, anti-homosexual and anti-Semitic views on social media.
“The shooter in my high school: anti-Semitic, anti-black and racist. The shooter in El Paso described it as ‘an invasion,'” Hogg said, also referring to the white supremacist views of a mass murderer at a Texas Walmart in 2019 Said happened. “Guess what? Those guns are coming from the United States. They’re not coming from Mexico.”
Hogg is kicked out of the hearing room as he continues to attack Biggs. he said in one The video was later posted to Twitter that he had a “duty to disrupt white nationalists when they made harmful rhetoric.”
“The shooter at my high school was a 19-year-old American citizen, a white nationalist who made hateful rhetoric about immigrants, black people, Muslims, and Jewish people,” Hogg said. “He was able to legally arm himself with the AR-15. Stop saying these talking points are what mass shooters are using. Stop repeating them.”
After Hogg was fired, Biggs argued that banning assault-style weapons would do more harm than good.
“With this bill you’re going to disarm people, you’re going to stop them from defending themselves at the border,” said Biggs, an extremist who tried to help former President Donald Trump reverse the 2020 election. played an important role in. Result. “We have people in Arizona who can’t leave their homes.”
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) responded that no one is trying to get weapons from military or law enforcement officers guarding the border. Bill HR 1808, the Assault Weapons Ban Act 2021 addressed at the hearing, addresses civilian access to AR-15-style firearms, ghost guns and bump stock, he said.
“We’re trying to deal with this in terms of fighting the violence that kills our children,” Jackson said, pointing to a graphic displaying weapons.
“No one is stopping any family from getting the security they need,” she continued. Americans “Have the Potential to Be” [plenty] Guns are not included in this bill.”