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Marjorie Taylor Greene Harangues School Shooting Survivor Over Gun Stance

Newsweek logo Newsweek 4/3/2022 Andrew Stanton
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, above on January 6, 2022, harangued David Hogg, a survivor of the 2018 Parkland shooting, about her stance on guns on Twitter Sunday morning. © Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, above on January 6, 2022, harangued David Hogg, a survivor of the 2018 Parkland shooting, about her stance on guns on Twitter Sunday morning.

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican, harangued school shooting survivor David Hogg about his stance on guns on Twitter Sunday morning.

Hogg became an advocate for more stringent gun control measures after surviving a mass shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018. Greene, a staunch conservative, opposes stricter gun control laws.

Hogg tweeted Saturday that he believes people should be required to have a license to purchase a gun—drawing a comparison to people needing to have a license to drive a car, hunt or cut hair.

The tweet prompted a response from Greene, who advised him to hang out "with actual deer hunters" because it would help him "learn to be more masculine and you will appreciate how we will get our food supply when Biden's inflation makes buying food unaffordable."

The two continued going back and forth, with Hogg asking the congresswoman to explain how his "classmates' rights including the second amendment were not infringed upon when they were killed in their classrooms."

In a Twitter thread, Greene responded, explaining her own experiences with school shootings and attacked him for joining organizations that advocate for gun control.

"When a student brought guns to my school to kill other students he was mad at, unlike you, my reaction was why is he the only one with guns and why is there no one with guns to defend us?" she asked on Twitter. "Your reaction was joining a women's anti-gun lobby funded by billionaire Bloomberg."


Video: Marjorie Taylor Greene harasses Parkland survivor David Hogg (The Independent)

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She also added: "The near experience of a school shooting at my school when I was in 11th grade solidified my strong support for our 2A and led to my learning that then Senator Joe Biden's legislation was the cause of us students being defenseless sitting ducks bc of gun free zones."

Newsweek reached out to both Greene's office and March for Our Lives, which is the gun safety group Hogg is on the board of, for comment Sunday afternoon, but did not hear back by publication. This story will be updated with any response.

This isn't the first time the congresswoman has sparred with Hogg.

Videos reemerged last January that showed her following Hogg, calling him a "coward" in March 2019.

She told him that if schools had security guns, "there would be no mass shootings at schools." Video tweeted by Hogg showed her also saying: "What you are doing will not prevent mass shootings, they will find another way, there's bombs—they use machetes to kill people in Nigeria."

Survivors of the school shooting pushed Republican leaders to censure Greene for the harassment at the time. Though Republicans did not do so, GOP Representative Fred Upton, of Michigan, cited the videos as to why he joined Democrats to vote to expel Greene from her various congressional committees.

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