High school shooting survivor calls for Florida spring break boycott

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A survivor of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., has called on travelers to boycott spending spring break in the state until gun control legislation is passed. 

“Let’s make a deal DO NOT come to Florida for spring break unless gun legislation is passed. These [politicians] won’t listen to us so maybe [they’ll] listen to the billion dollar tourism industry in FL,” David Hogg tweeted Saturday. 


“Better Idea: Spend your spring break in Puerto Rico, it’s a beautiful place with amazing people. They could really use the economic support that the government has failed to provide,” he said in a separate tweet. 


The gun control debate in Florida and across the county has intensified in the days after the shooting, with many, including Hogg, calling for stricter gun laws. 

President Trump has called for “comprehensive” background checks, in addition to calling for the end of bump stock sales and a rise in the age to purchase weapons like the AR-15 to 21.

Various Republican lawmakers and the National Rifle Association (NRA) have spoken out against raising the age to buy an AR-15.

Florida Rep. Ted Deutch (D) has vowed to introduce legislation banning assault weapons.

“We’re going to introduce legislation to make sure that assault weapons are illegal in every part of this country,” Deutch said last week.


{mosads}The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has been under scrutiny after it was reported that officers allegedly failed to enter the building after responding to calls about a shooter. 

Hogg on Saturday defended an officer who did not enter the shooting scene.

“He — just like every other police officer out there at heart — is a good person. He didn’t take action in this event, and I can’t explain why … there are no words to explain why he wouldn’t take action to take out this individual, but I think it’s a good example of if he didn’t take action and four others didn’t, I mean, who does?” Hogg told MSNBC. 

Updated: 5:38 p.m.

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