David Hogg was thrown into the national spotlight after the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day. Ever since then, Hogg has become one of the faces of the "March for Our Lives" movement, the gun control group that is predominantly made up of Stoneman Douglas survivors.
Since Hogg has become a household name, he assumes that he knows anything and everything about guns. Hint: He doesn't.
Earlier this week he tweeted out one of the dumbest things he's ever said (and there have been a lot!). According to Hogg, an AR-15 is an "assault weapon" (WRONG!) and is designed to hunt.
The effective range of an AR-15 is 1600 feet for comparison your typical handgun is 75 feet if you’re shooting somebody from 1600 feet away you’re not defending yourself...— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) September 5, 2018
Make the 2004 Massachusetts assault weapons ban federal law. #BanAssaultWeapons https://t.co/Dzq2UQEcZ3
Let me guess, does AR also stand for "assault rifle" in your book of gun knowledge?
At least gun rights activists were quick to educate Hogg and his followers.
Ummmmm that’s why we call AR 15s hunting rifles not “Assualt Weapons”. https://t.co/BmepZdEDY0— Grant Stinchfield (@stinchfield1776) September 7, 2018
The Washington Free Beacon's Stephen Gutowski brought up a handful of very important factors to take into account, like how an AR-15 is set up and how they compare to hunting rifles.
People most certainly do use the AR-15 to defend themselves and others. Here are some examples:https://t.co/Dyu2SFu9aEhttps://t.co/uhqkS3Otvphttps://t.co/hPNR1xj4YWhttps://t.co/Yisit2sN9Ghttps://t.co/6c1eapoyU9https://t.co/K2cZCljn55 https://t.co/bLMNV9aI9D— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) September 6, 2018
You mean...people defend themselves...with something other than a...MUSKET?!
Also, the effective range of an AR-15 varies a tremendous amount based on how its set up. That doesn't really mean much when it comes to whether it's suited for defensive use. Pretty much every firearm is effective beyond the distance most self-defense encounters happen at.— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) September 6, 2018
Remember: ARs are definitely one of the most customizable guns on the market, if not the most. There are probably more "Frankenstein" guns out there than one that is 100 percent factor new. That's why gunnies like ARs and that's why they're gaining more popularity.
Additionally, most AR-15s are not set up for long-range shooting. Your average bolt-action hunting rifle tends to be chambered in a higher-caliber round with a far greater effective range than an AR-15.— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) September 6, 2018
Translation: just because an AR-15 is big and scary looking and doesn't look like a "traditional" hunting rifle doesn't mean that it's any more lethal or deadly.
In fact, the AR-15 tends to be set up for close-quarters encounters. To my knowledge, it is the most popular home-defense rifle in the United States. Most AR-15s are built with the purpose of home defense in mind.— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) September 6, 2018
People also use shotguns for home defense, something Hogg would say is for the "hunting" of people. Does that make those firearms more deadly? Nope.
At least someone called Hogg out for spreading misinformation and claiming it to be facts:
you literally have no idea what you are talking about. This is dangerous to be spreading information like this. If someone comes on my property and I am unsure what's beyond my target, FOR SAFETY REASONS, I would use my AR to scope in and avoid bystander issues. Do your research— Katie Thulin (@katiet121) September 6, 2018
It's hard to take someone seriously when they've never seen a gun like the AR-15 in person, let alone shot it.
This is extremely off-target. Have you even gone target shooting with AR-15's at a range? You must not know that you can shoot close range at 25, 30, 50 yards... AR is semi-automatic. Assault Weapons Ban handily failed in the past, didn't do anything to deter mass shootings... https://t.co/IC4ZgWQExa— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) September 6, 2018
Mr. Hogg, before you continue to spread misinformation it would do you some good to study up on basic firearms knowledge. A great start would be a hunters education course. They talk about the difference between handguns, rifles, shotguns and everything in between. I'd be more than willing to pay the $10 for you to take the course. And yes, this is a serious offer!
Or, if you'd like some personal one-on-one experience, there are plenty of hunters and firearms experts who would gladly educate you on what you don't know. All you have to do is ask.