Parkland survivor urges students to avoid spending spring break in Florida if gun reform isn't passed


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David Hogg, a survivor of last week's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., is asking students to avoid spending any time or money in Florida for spring break unless gun reform legislation is passed.

"Let's make a deal, said Hogg on Twitter last Saturday, "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."
"Better Idea: Spend your spring break in Puerto Rico," said Hogg in a follow-up tweet. "It's a beautiful place with amazing people. They could really use the economic support that the government has failed to provide."
Despite disgustingly false rumors that he's a paid actor (he's not), Hogg has emerged as a thoughtful and vocal advocate for gun reform.  Besides calling for a spring break boycott, last weekend Hogg also defended the school resource officer who stood down and did not enter the school during the shooting.

"Who wants to go down the barrel of an AR-15, even with a glock? And I know that's what these police officers are supposed to do, but they're people too," said Hogg last Saturday on MSNBC. 

So far, 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,” said Deutch.
Even a few Florida Republicans have softened their stance on gun reform, including Rep. Brian Mast, who said it's time to ban civilian access to tactical rifles. 

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