David Hogg on Gun Control: "We Are Going To Make This A Voting Issue"

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Student activist David Hogg vowed to take the fight for gun control to the ballot box, during his speech at Saturday's "March For Our Lives" in Washington D.C., pointing to the Capitol building and saying "this is not cutting it."

"Who here is going to vote in the 2018 election?" he asked. "We are going to make this a voting issue. We are going to take this to every election, to every state and every city. We are going to make sure the best people get in our elections to run, not as politicians, but as Americans."

"Because this is not cutting it," Hogg said, pointing behind him to the U.S. Capitol building.





"When people try to suppress your vote, and people stand against you because you are too young, we say no more," he said.

"When politicians say your voice does not matter because the NRA owns them, we say no more."

"When politicians send their thoughts and prayers with no action, we say no more," he added.

"Now is the time to come together...we can and we will change the world."


DAVID HOGG: The cold grasp of corruption shackles the District of Columbia. The winter is over. Change is here. The sun shines on a new day and the day is ours.

First-time voters show up 18% of the time in midterm elections? Not anymore.

[applause]

Who here is going to vote in the 2018 election?

[applause]

If you listen real close you can hear the people in power shaking. They have gotten used to being protective of their position, through the safety of inaction. Inaction is no longer safe, and to that we say no more.

[applause]

96 people die every day from guns in our country. Yet most representatives have no public stance on guns. To that, we say, no more.

We are going to make this a voting issue. We are going to take this to every election, to every state and every city. We are going to make sure the best people get in our elections to run, not as politicians, but as Americans.

Because this is not cutting it.

When people try to suppress your vote, and people stand against you because you are too young, we say no more. When politicians say your voice does not matter because the NRA owns them, we say no more. When politicians send their thoughts and prayers with no action, we say no more. To those politicians supported by the NRA that allow the continued slaughter of our children and our future, I say get your resumes ready.

[applause]

Today is the beginning of spring, and tomorrow is the beginning of democracy.

Now is the time to come together, not as Democrats, not as Republicans, but as Americans.

Americans of the same flesh and blood that care about one thing and one thing only, the future of this country, and the children that are going to lead it.

They will try to separate us in demographics, they will try to separate us by religion, race, congressional district and class. They will fail. We will come together. We will get rid of these public servants that only serve the gun lobby and we will save lives. You are those heroes.

[applause]

Lastly, let's put the USA over the NRA. This is the start of the spring and the blossoming of our democracy. Let's take this to local legislators and let's take this to midterm elections. Without the persistence of voters in America getting up to every election, democracy will not flourish. But it can and will. To those politicians that's a change will not come, I say we will not stop until every man, every woman, every child, and every American can live without fear of gun violence, and to that I say no more. Thank you, I love you all.


"We are sick and tired of the inaction here in Washington and around the country" by politicians who are "owned by the NRA," David Hogg, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, said on "Good Morning America" this morning. "Today we are going to start a revolution."

"We will change America with or without these politicians," he continued.

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