No doubt you've heard about David Hogg, a young man from Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of a Valentine’s Day massacre in which 14 students and three school staffers were gunned down by a crazed former student.
Young Mr. Hogg has allowed himself to be exploited by the American Pravda media as the new face of the gun control movement. He has been given every media platform possible — as well as an actual platform over the weekend in Washington, D.C., at a large anti-gun “march” organized by the Left — to rail against guns, the NRA, Republicans, Trump supporters, and danged ol’ Blue Dog Democrats who still believe in individual rights and freedom (dwindling group though they may be).
Yes, the irony is rich, isn’t it? Young Mr. Hogg and the Pravda media using nearly every provision in the First Amendment — freedom of speech, assembly, and redress of grievances — to attack and call for infringements on the Second Amendment’s “right to keep and bear arms.”
Well, it turns out that’s not the only insult to the Constitution inflicted by Young Mr. Hogg over the weekend.
At a gun control forum with Axios co-founder Mike Allen (who makes his living exercising his First Amendment press freedom), young Mr. Hogg was asked about his Parkland high school’s new backpack policy requiring students’ backpacks to be clear (so they can be easily seen and checked by security personnel; the NFL has a similar policy for game attendance as a security/counterterrorism measure), Grabien News reported.
I think after we come back from spring break, they are requiring all of us to have clear backpacks. One of the other important things to realize is many students want their privacy. There are many, for example, females in our school that when they go through their menstrual cycle, they don’t want people to see their tampons and stuff. It’s unnecessary, it’s embarrassing for a lot of the students and it makes them feel isolated and separated from the rest of American school culture where they’re having essentially their First Amendment rights infringed upon because they can’t freely wear whatever backpack they want regardless of what it is. It has to be a clear backpack. What we should have is just more policies that make sure that these students are feeling safe and secure in their schools and not like they’re being fought against like it’s a prison.
So now, young Mr. Hogg, after having been anointed a national authority on gun policy by the Pravda media, the entertainment industry, and Democrats in Congress, is suddenly imminently qualified to decide which school safety measures are proper and which are “unnecessary?”
Beyond that irony, his mention of the First Amendment in the context of privacy is what caught my eye.
Young Mr. Hogg, the First Amendment protects your right to spew Marxist talking points about guns; the Fourth Amendment is what protects privacy rights. You’re conflating, improperly I might add, First Amendment freedom of clothing expression (if that’s what a backpack is now considered) with your young female friends’ desire to not be embarrassed.
Young Mr. Hogg is using his freedoms as an American to stump for a cause — even if, at just 17 years old, he has nowhere near the life experience required to guide his judgment. Hopefully, he will use all of this as a learning experience which teaches how to apply his constitutional rights and that each of them is equally important.
J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.