Since the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, activists and survivor David Hogg has become a well-known figure and major advocate for gun reform. So it seems only fitting that the 18 year-old is vying for a seat in Congress when he turns 25.
In a New York Magazine interview, Hogg told the publication that he plans to run for Congress as soon as he is eligible (though he on-the-record thinks age limits are some real BS.)
“I think I’ve come to that conclusion,” he said. “I want to be at least part of the change in Congress.”
After the shooting that left 17 dead in a matter of 6 minutes, Hogg became an unofficial spokesman for his classmate, where he made multiple television appearances days after. Hogg and fellow activist Emma González became leading voices in the gun reform movement, to which they’ve received harsh criticism and even death threats.
I don't endorse age limits. We need experience and wisdom in our leadership. But, we also need a representative government, which means younger leaders need to be given a chance.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) August 22, 2018
The Parkland students launched “March For Our Lives” Washington DC rally in March that sparked nationwide anti-gun violence protests. They then launched a nationwide voter registration summer bus tour.
According to The Daily Dot, Hogg, who graduated in the Spring, plans to take a gap year in order to focus on the midterm elections. Hogg told New York Magazine, it is one part in his seven-year plan. He also plans to go to college in the fall of 2019, and then take time off for the 2020 presidential campaigns.
I’m definitely interested to see how his political platform shapes up in the next few years.