Whatever teen anti-gun celebrity David Hogg learned in high school, it apparently wasn’t the English language.
It’s that, or he actually wants to increase the number of gun deaths in inner-city communities.
Either way, the poster boy for the gun-grabbing left is showing all the world just how confused and ignorant he really is.
In recent a Twitter exchange with a conservative commentator, Hogg let his ignorance slip with a colossally nonsensical argument for the left’s favorite economic policy: Raising the minimum wage.
“The $15 minimum wage is to help spur gun violence in lower income communities so kids don’t have to resort to crime to subsidize their income help raise their family,” Hogg wrote. “Right now it’s right around the anniversary Pulse nightclub.”
Okay, just to clear things up a little, Hogg apparently doesn’t understand that the word “spur” actually means to encourage something, like a rider trying to get a horse to run faster by hitting its sides with boot spurs. So what he’s saying in this tweet is that a $15 per-hour minimum wage would increase violence in inner city communities.
But maybe basic English wasn’t a requirement for budding young fascists strolling the halls of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.
The tweet drew a hail of criticism and mockery from other Twitter users.
This tweet is the exact reason you didn't get into UCLA.
— Jace Whatcott (@JaceWhatcott) June 11, 2018
"Spur" doesn't mean what you think it means… pic.twitter.com/aVjU38vjYG
— Ty Nordic (@TyNordic) June 11, 2018
So a $15/hr minimum wage will spur gun violence in poor neighborhoods. This is a profound statement. @davidhogg111 you should truly consider furthering your education since the public school system has obviously failed to help you at all.
— Bob Stone (@coachingstone) June 11, 2018
But heck, maybe young David is still disoriented from his undeserved position of being in the American public eye for so long. However, even allowing for a momentary mental lapse, and assuming what Hogg really meant was that a $15 minimum wage would discourage gun violence in lower-income communities, the argument doesn’t hold any water.
The idea that the poor would be less inclined to murderous violence if they only had more money is abhorrent on moral grounds. But from a strictly economic standpoint, it makes no sense either.
Common sense dictates – and real-life experience has repeatedly confirmed — that businesses faced with higher minimum wage requirements for their workers end up employing fewer of them. That means a higher minimum wage law might mean a few dollars more per week for some workers, but a much higher number of overall jobs lost. In other words, less money for exactly the kind of people liberals claim to be concerned about.
And in the Hogg/liberal/progressive universe, that means more murderous thugs running around committing mayhem for want of a chance to earn a decent living.
Hogg’s attempt to link the June 12, 2016, massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando is even more ignorant and stomach-turning than his word choice or economic ignorance.
The attack on the nightclub was committed as an act of Islamist terror, by a man who, as even CNN reported, had pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State group.
Islamist terrorism was the motive behind the murder of 49 innocent people at the Pulse nightclub (even if James Comey’s FBI tried mightily to cover up the Islamist angle). It was definitely not some misguided act of outrage demanding that the minimum wage be increased.
For David Hogg, still enjoying his unfathomable celebrity and the media attention that comes from being an anti-gun zealot with a following, none of this will probably make much of a difference.
But hopefully, it will show the saner parts of the country just how hollow the anti-gun arguments really are.
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