The March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. received wall to wall coverage. But afterward, the high school activists and the gun control fervor seemed to die down. It’s been a while since David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, and Emma Gonzalez have appeared for a TV interview in primetime. Though their voices haven’t been too loud as of late, the young activists are still working to advance their agenda.
According to the Associated Press, David Hogg and his sister, Lauren, just signed a book deal, which in all likelihood will find itself on the best-sellers list.
Two students who survived the deadly mass shooting this year at a Florida high school have a book deal.
Siblings David and Lauren Hogg are working on #NEVERAGAIN: A New Generation Draws the Line. Random House announced Wednesday that the book would come out June 5 and that the Hoggs were donating their proceeds to charity and community organizations.
The Hoggs and other students at the Parkland, Florida, school have become leading gun control advocates since the Feb. 14 tragedy that left 17 people dead.
Random House is calling the book “a moving portrait” of a new political movement. The publisher will make a donation to Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit organization founded in 2014.
I don’t know about you, but I, for one, will not be buying the book.
While the charity and community organizations are not named, it makes me wonder if the organizations are ones that will further the leftist gun control narrative. Random House’s donation will be purely political, as Everytown for Gun Safety’s mission is to promote gun control legislation.
Random House is calling the book a “‘moving portrait’ of a new political movement,” but that is inaccurate. As Tom wrote before, this gun control movement is nothing new, despite what progressives and gun control advocates want to say about it. The tactics are the same. The talking points are the same. The only difference is the political left has latched on to these young activists who have allowed them to put them into the spotlight. While these activists are impassioned, and while they are sincere in the beliefs they hold, they are the new megaphone for the gun control agenda. That’s all.
Though the movement is young, and while people will continue to tout that the message is different or revolutionary, the actions of those involved must result in significant change for it to be so.
States across the country have enacted new gun control laws. And while laws like the Fix NICS legislation and the STOP School Violence Act have become law at the federal level, gun control activists have not achieved their holy grail: an “assault weapons” ban.
But they are still fighting for it, and the only way they will get it is if they take back control of Congress in November. According to reports, and as Tom again touched on, their goal of registering new, young voters doesn’t seem to be panning out.
Expect David and Lauren’s book to do well once it is released. It’s just the way it goes. Once their story publishes, liberals will flock to it, and the praise will start once again. Maybe they’ll get a book tour out of it.
I’ll be waiting to see what book deal conservative student Kyle Kashuv gets. Who knows? Maybe Regnery will reach out to him? But I won’t hold my breath on that one.