Florida teen-turned-gun-control-crusader David Hogg will join a four-day anti-gun-rights march in Massachusetts later this month, according to MassLive.com, and demand action n so-called “gun violence” by one of the nation’s top gun companies.
The march is slated Aug. 22-26 and will cover a route from Worcester to the Springfield headquarters of Smith & Wesson, one of the oldest firearms manufacturers in the United States. Hogg will be joined by the father of a student who was killed in the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Manuel Oliver, father of student Joaquin Oliver, will be there, the report said.
Hogg has been criticized by some in the firearms community for capitalizing on his presence on campus during the Valentine’s Day shooting that left 14 students and three adults dead.
The 50-mile march is being billed as the “50 Miles More: Massachusetts March” and is organized by Stop Handgun Violence, a Massachusetts gun control lobbying group. Their plan is to convince S&W to stop manufacturing and distributing firearms that are illegal in Massachusetts. They also want the company to donate a whopping $5 million to “research violence caused by Smith & Wesson weapons.” That money would be used to help “offset the lack of federal research funding for the gun violence epidemic,” the story said.
There is no small amount of irony in the story. Massachusetts is where the first shots of the American Revolution were fired more than 233 years ago when the British military tried to seize arms and ammunition belonging to the colonial militia, believed to have been stored at Concord. Troops first encountered militia at Lexington, shots were fired and several people were killed or wounded. By the time British Regulars had advanced to Concord, there were facing as many as 1,000 armed colonials who were in no mood to allow their guns and powder to be seized.
Today, Massachusetts has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation.