Well, that didn’t take long.
After only one semester at Harvard University, anti-gun activist David Hogg has already started making bizarre claims about race, history, and gun control. It’s not the 19-year-old’s first off-the-wall comment (far from it), but this revisionist history sounds like something that can only originate in our centers of higher learning.
In a tweet posted earlier this week, Hogg appeared to claim that the “gun violence prevention movement” was started “centuries ago” by “almost entirely black, brown and indigenous lgbtq women and non binary people.”
This is a tweet for for the founders of the gun violence prevention movement started centuries ago by almost entirely black, brown and indigenous lgbtq women and non binary people that never got on the news or in most history books.— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) January 27, 2020
We may not know all your names but thank you.
As noted by the Washington Examiner, Hogg has a history of making strange connections between the gun rights debate and racial issues. Last year he said in an interview with MSNBC that pro-gun culture has roots in genocide and white supremacy.
“I think it comes down to reckoning with our history and our history of white supremacy in the United States and the fact that we live in a post-genocidal society oftentimes that was orchestrated by the United States government,” he said.
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Hogg did not clarify his claim in subsequent tweets, and he hasn’t responded to the thousands of (hilarious) replies. Check out a few of our favorites:
It’s a national embarrassment that ABC News or the New York Times never even interviewed those Native American lesbians when they were fighting for musket control in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Criminal, even.— Shane Styles (@shaner5000) January 27, 2020
Crazy that I’m an American History major, and never knew about these herds of non binary LGBT indigenous women roaming the plains, that hated guns and “never got on the news” all these “centuries ago.” 🤔— Mindy Robinson 🇺🇸 (@iheartmindy) January 27, 2020
So would Ida B. Wells pic.twitter.com/zQVuS3qo5Y— Jennifer Oliver O’Connell (@asthegirlturns) January 27, 2020
If it isn’t already obvious, gun control didn’t originate in “non-binary” communities in the 1800’s. In fact, gun control has a long history of racial discrimination, as we’ve covered here, here, and here.
After slavery was outlawed, many gun-control laws were written with the sole intent of restricting gun ownership for African Americans. That mindset has continued in more recent years with the prohibition of cheap firearms (e.g., “Saturday Nigh Specials”), and may-issue concealed carry permit laws that allow law enforcement to deny the right to bear arms to certain groups of people.
The truth is, the right to keep and bear arms was a critical component of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, and both Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., obtained gun licenses.
It’s unclear who or what Hogg is referencing in his tweet, but it’s a historical fact that most “indigenous women” in our country’s history would have appreciated less gun control, not more.
We’ll leave you with one last reply:
This guy would have loved an AR pic.twitter.com/S4jHkYRngs— Dave las (@Aetnerd) January 27, 2020