As 17-year-old Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg has chosen to become a political advocate and engage in public debate about gun control, he leaves himself open to criticism, just like any other pundit in America, states Charles C.W. Cooke in National Review. In the weeks since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Hogg has regularly appeared on national TV and radio news programs, which have given him open platforms to share his gun control policy ideas free from rebuttals or pushback. While Hogg has every right to speak publicly about his views on gun control, his choice to do so means he is fair game to receiving criticism from Americans who don’t agree with him or his political agenda.
Conservatives have outright dismissed Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg, and the far-right has even accused him of being a “crisis actor,” both of which are unfair to Hogg and his fellow student survivors-turned-activists. It’s one thing to criticize Hogg’s ideas and policy suggestions about gun control, but it’s quite another to question Hogg’s motivation and to attack his character, asserts Molly Roberts in the Washington Post. While some of Hogg's statements have been inconsistent, and, as head of the #NeverAgain movement, open to criticism, the vitriolic reproof he has received has been personal, slanderous and off-topic, which neither he nor his fellow survivors do not deserve.