By Nicole Chavez, CNN
(CNN)– David Hogg has actually ended up being a strong voice among survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.
The attention has offered him a powerful platform– but it has actually likewise made him the subject of character assassinations and demonstrably incorrect conspiracy theories.
Either he has actually been “coached” by his dad, a previous FBI agent; or he is a “pawn” for anti-gun advocates; or, the most improbable, he is not a victim however a “crisis actor,” paid to take a trip to disaster websites to refute stricter weapon laws.
“I’m not a crisis star,” Hogg told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on AC360 on Tuesday. “I’m someone who needed to witness this and live through this and I continue to be needing to do that.”
“I’m not acting on anybody’s behalf,” the 17-year-old added.
As the false theories continued flowing on Tuesday, US Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, pertained to the trainees defense on Twitter.
“Declaring some of the trainees on TELEVISION after Parkland are stars is the work of a revolting group of morons with no sense of decency,” Rubio wrote.
Hogg and a lot of his schoolmates have been outspoken about the requirement for stricter weapon laws given that they saw the massacre that eliminated 17 students and employee at their Florida high school recently.
They have actually become the subject of false conspiracy theories and character assassinations online. Memes and YouTube videos make extravagant claims that a few of the trainees are “actors” working for a globalist gun grab who travel around the nation to the websites of shootings.
Some are also accusing Hogg of letting his dad, a previous FBI representative, coach him to speak up against President Donald Trump– an accusation that Donald Trump Jr. backed on Twitter.
On Tuesday, Hogg criticized those who magnified the claims and stated it was disturbing that Trump Jr. liked the Twitter post.
“Unlike the people who are tweeting that things about me and my father, I have not lost hope in America and my father hasn’t either,” said Hogg with his daddy by his side.
Responding to claims he is in favor of repealing the 2nd Modification, Hogg stated he doesn’t “want to take a constitutional immediately from American people.”
He believes Americans can own a gun if they are mentally steady, don’t have previous major convictions and are “not going to head out and devote these atrocities”
“We have a right to live simply as we have a right to bear arms,” he said.
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