Anti-gun activist David Hogg thought he had a slam dunk when he called out an “NRA LIE.” Unfortunately for the young advocate, he was quickly given a reality check.
Hogg’s comments were aimed at a National Rifle Association video released earlier this week featuring Stephen Willeford, an armed citizen who stopped the November 2017 church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Willeford, a former NRA instructor, was hailed as a hero after engaging the shooter with his own rifle. His action effectively ended the massacre. The attack was the worst church shooting in American history, according to the NRA.
A short video of Willeford was uploaded to NRATV’s Twitter account. The man talks about the gunfight with a shaky voice, recounting that the gunman “came out of the church, shooting at me. He hit the truck in front of me, hit the car behind me, and hit the house behind me.”
“And then I hit him.”
Although the video only runs for 60 seconds, Willeford delivers a powerful message: “It’s not the gun, it’s the heart.”
— NRATV (@NRATV) December 17, 2018
Willeford’s actions and words prove everything we need to know about him. He’s not screaming for attention and making appearances across media, and his name remains relatively unknown.
Despite that, he is responsible for saving countless lives. And he certainly did hit the gunman — when authorities found his body, there were three gunshot wounds, CNN reported. The fatal one was a self-inflicted shot to the head.
David Hogg wasn’t as impressed by the video. In a tweet sent less than two hours after the NRA’s upload, Hogg thought he had the gun rights group cornered.
“NRA LIE ALERT: The Sutherland Springs shooter died from self-inflicted gunshot wound’s (sic).”
NRA LIE ALERT:
The Sutherland Springs shooter died from self-inflicted gunshot wound’s. https://t.co/xzKYjH6ns2
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) December 17, 2018
It appears as though the minute-long video may have been too much for Hogg to sit through, as the one thing he “fact checks” isn’t even mentioned. Nevertheless, his message already has 10,000 likes.
Comments under his post were less merciful.
Son, the fact that some other person was there to shut him down with an equivalent rifle was still a necessity no matter what bullet hit him. It stopped the thug from doing any more harm to anyone else. Live and learn son.
— T (@Rifleman4WVU) December 17, 2018
Disingenuous. Willeford didn’t say he killed the shooter, but hit him. The shooter left, and then shot himself. Either an attempt at manipulation from a propagandist, or failure to understand from an idiot.
— GDX (Gregory Coffin) (@GDX1776) December 17, 2018
Hogg is already known to be shaky with his facts, but this post highlights a glaring problem in our country’s gun debate. Disinformation like this is common and often spreads quickly with little fact-checking. Once shown to be incorrect however, the posts are often left up.
Fortunately, many Americans are fed up with this and will gladly defend the Second Amendment from media darlings like Hogg.
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