After the tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, the anti-gun Left reared its ugly head again. The Parkland Three—Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, and David Hogg—became the point of the lance in the new effort to shred the Bill of Rights and chip away Second Amendment rights acorss the country. They succeeded in getting Republican Gov. Rick Scott to sign legislation the included a ban on bump stocks and increasing the age to buy firearms to 21; the latter provision is grossly unconstitutional. The National Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit against it—as they should. Vermont has also passed similar legislation, which includes placing limits on magazines. Deerfield, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, has passed a gun ban, prohibiting its residents from owning so-called assault weapons, which is any firearm that can hold more than ten rounds. You either have to move, destroy them, transfer them out of the village limits, or turn them over to the authorities; non-compliance carries a $250-$1,000/day penalty. Oregon is trying to get a ballot initiative that would force law-abiding gun owners to register their firearms, destroy them, transfer them out of the state, or surrender them to police. Boulder, Colorado could follow suit, as they’re making the motions to ban so-called assault weapons. The anti-gun Left is on the move.
So, it should come to no one’s surprise that Hogg got a book deal (via Hollywood Reporter):
Two students who survived the deadly Parkland, Florida, high school shooting earlier this year have a book deal.
David and Lauren Hogg are working on #NEVERAGAIN: A New Generation Draws the Line. Random House on Wednesday announced that the book is due out June 5 and that the siblings will donate their proceeds to charity and community organizations.
Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. You’re going to co-opt the Holocaust remembrance phrase “Never Again?” I think some people might find that offensive. Do I think the book should be banned? No. Should the Hogg siblings be able to write it? Sure—but before they complain about social media trolls and bullying, you put yourselves out there. This is the cost—and the first lesson is actually a question: what the hell were you thinking?
Is it fair to say you are cheapening the phrase Never Again with this? Remember the Holocaust?— Dan Morrissey (@DMorrissey907) April 18, 2018
Today @lauren_hoggs and I are announcing our book #NeverAgain that tells the story of the foundation of this movement for those we lost. Lauren and I will be using the money made from the book to help heal the community. #NeverAgain out June 5th https://t.co/Vh2gWVWNGq— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) April 18, 2018
I have soooooo many problems with politicizing the phrase #NeverAgain. It’s a term used to memorialize the Holocaust (and, to a lesser extent, to memorialize the victims of the September 11th attacks). It is deeply gross to use that phrase to push for a divisive political agenda. https://t.co/vr2utXER8h— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) April 18, 2018
I really support u & your movement I am an avid advocate 4 strong gun control law However as a child of holocaust survivors I take umbrage with your use of the term #neveragain which until now has been associated with the holocaust— Chesky Wertman (@chesk770) April 18, 2018
Our friends at Twitchy captured some of the responses, where even pro-gun control members, who had family members who survived the holocaust, said that while they support Hogg’s movement, they’re not happy with this act of cultural appropriation.
Then again, it’s been reported that two-thirds of Millennials don’t know what Auschwitz is. That’s a huge problem, but first things first—maybe the title should be changed. School shootings are rare. Mass shootings are rare. In fact, schools are safer than they’ve ever been. Also, we get it, kid, you have pull. You can generate controversy. Well, this is the pinnacle of it I guess, huh?