David Hogg appeared on MSNBC over the weekend to reflect on the 2018 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Hogg, a former student, became an advocate for tougher gun laws immediately following the tragedy that left 17 dead and 17 others injured.
Along with other classmates, Hogg would go on to form the gun-control organization March for Our Lives.
During Sunday’s interview, the MSNBC anchor asked Hogg what he remembered from that day.
“How angry I was that this had happened to us,” said Hogg. “I had argued on both sides of the gun issue in speech and debate throughout high school and it’s one of those things you know could happen but you never think it will happen to you.”
“Unfortunately it happened in my community, and I was incredibly frustrated because we were high school students, we were taught growing up that the adults were supposed to protect us,” he continued.
“And the adults, including the cop who had a gun, literally on campus, who was assigned to my school, proved not to be a good guy with a gun but really only a coward with a gun,” Hogg said.
Hogg is referring to student resource officer (SRO) Scot Peterson, a former member of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office who was armed and at the scene that fateful day.
For reasons that aren’t exactly clear, Deputy Peterson failed to confront the gunman during the attack.
He now faces multiple charges for his inaction, including child neglect, culpable negligence, and perjury, according to NBC Miami.
If convicted on all counts, Peterson could spend the rest of his life in prison.
However, Peterson maintains his innocence, insisting that there was confusion about where the gunfire was coming from on campus.
At a press conference last summer, an emotional Peterson said, “There is no way in hell that I would sit there and allow those kids to die with me being next to another building and sitting there, no way, and anybody who knows me would tell you, that’s not Deputy Peterson.”
Peterson’s trial is set to start later this month.
As for Hogg, he rejects the notion that good guys with guns have the capacity to stop active shooters.
Even though the Crime Prevention Research Center has documented that armed citizen responders stopped 40 percent of active shooters in gun-friendly zones between 2014-2021.
Instead of creating more hard targets, Hogg believes the best way to stop future school attacks is through comprehensive gun-control measures. Most notably, a sweeping prohibition on commonly-owned modern sporting rifles.
In fact, Hogg recently retweeted the following proclamation from President Biden:
Let’s ban assault weapons again. pic.twitter.com/y2Yfpfuy87— President Biden (@POTUS) February 8, 2023
“I can respect people who don’t agree with me but I can’t accept that there’s nothing that we can do to make progress to save our children and end gun violence in this country,” he said.