Tuesday morning high school student turned anti-Second Amendment activist David Hogg was “swatted” at his family’s home in Florida.
At 8:30am police were called to respond to what was thought to be an armed suspect barricaded inside the Hogg-pen. After a SWAT team was deployed the report was discovered to be a hoax.
Broward County Sheriff’s spokesman Joy Oglesby told the press that no one was home at the time due to the Hogg family being in Washington D.C. for David to receive the RFK Humanitarian Award.
“Swatting” became popularized by gamers and computer hackers, usually with a petty grudge, who place a false call to police as a prank. This is a serious offense that causes first responders to descend upon a location expecting the worst, with a full show of force on unsuspecting people.
Swatting replaced bomb scares in the early 2000s with celebrities sometimes becoming the target. Ashton Kutcher, Tom Cruise, Chris Brown,Miley Cyrus, Iggy Azalea, Jason Derulo, Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, and Clint Eastwood have all been victims of swatting. Hogg was likely targeted due to his aggressive and usually comically misinformed view on gun laws since CNN turned him into a Trotskyite teenage heartthrob following the Parkland shooting.
Swatting has gone horribly wrong in the past. In one case a 28-year-old father was gunned down at his home in Wichita, Kansas.
Hogg, along with several other anti-gun students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, were put center stage after the Valentine’s Day massacre that claimed 17 lives in Parkland, Florida. The children have been used to further an impassioned anti-gun agenda by the left and media, who’ve christened them the voice of a generation. Hogg and his pals have organized an anti-second amendment school walk out in late March, a national march on Washington, and LARPed at Publix supermarket stores, among other efforts.
Hogg receives many detractors which he regularly goads on the Internet. In late May he declared a “Meme War” against what he called the “alt-right.”
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has made no arrests in the swatting case and is investigating the incident.
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