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Incase you didn’t know I am one of the organizers for #RoadToChange and we are currently traveling through TX organizing youth meetings, rallies and town halls.

These counter protests at our events are incredibly invited because they allow us to clarify our message.
In Dallas the Facebook event for the protest of us had a few hundred people RSVP’d — there were around 20 people standing outside open carrying in protest... When I first walked up I was being harassed by a few protestors.. but one man in a red hat approached me peacefully...
The protester asked about David, reiterating NRA talking points and conservative slander of him, but only a few sentences into how he felt about David. @davidhogg111 walks up and joins the conversation... The protester is smiling so big and shakes David’s hand.. convo continues..
Protestor: “Mr. Hogg are you anti-gun?”

David: “No, I come from a family of gun owners.”

P: “So why do you want to take my gun.”

D: “Our policy isn’t in disarming law abiding citizens, it’s about due process and preventing gun violence.”

The other protestors see us talking..
The protestors approach us with their phones out.

Some of them had guns larger than they were — others had hand guns on their holsters.

We then had a 90 minute conversation with “the most pro-2A group in Texas.”
As the conversation with the group began — some of the more angry protestors were aggressive with their disagreement of our policy. Then we broke it down... We explained step by step, reason by reason why this policy would save lives — Most of them agreed.
They didn’t believe Trump received 30 million dollars from the NRA (he did.)

They didn’t believe that arming teachers is a bad idea.

They did say there are better moves we can make besides arming teachers to improve safety.

They did agree this issue goes beyond schools.
A powerful moment was a woman — probably 5ft tall — with a gun larger than her speaking about her grandkids.

She said she feels more comfortable if she knows they’re being protected by armed guards.

We spoke about Santa Fe having armed guards, a plan and 20 people were shot.
We spoke on the false sense of security that adding firearms does for people — Vegas has plenty of people ready to respond... hundreds were shot and killed.

Adding guns is a sales pitch not a safety pitch.

If we really want safety we need these common sense reforms.
Red Flag Laws save lives.

Expanding universal background checks saves lives.

Limiting inner-state gun trafficking saves lives.

Digitizing ATF records + better funding to enforce existing laws saves lives.

Safe storage/trigger locks save lives.

We AGREED on ALL of these.
The man in the red hat that started the peaceful conversation ended the unofficial town hall with an incredibly powerful moment.

Through his sunglasses we could see tears building up... He gave us hugs and said something I’ll never forget.
This armed protestor who thought he would spend his Saturday afternoon disrupting our town hall, learned so much that he ended by saying through tears: “This is the most American thing I’ve ever done... Thank you so much for helping us understand.”

USA baby, let’s save lives.

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Oct 1, 2018
Oct 1st in Las Vegas, a year ago today, there was a massacre that we cannot afford to forget.

20,000+ at the Route 91 concert ran for their lives during Jason Aldean’s performance.

It’s been one year and NOTHING has changed at the federal level. It could happen again TODAY.
58 people shot and killed.

Another 480+ injured.

Mothers, grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers, brothers, sisters, sons, nephews, daughters, nieces, lovers.. the victims ages ranged from 20 to 67.

Some of those injured are still going through surgeries to remove shrapnel.
A neighbor I grew up next to in Parkland was at the Vegas concert and told me much later how he has PTSD... the experience of running for your life while bullets rain down. Seeing bodies drop.

He’s in his early 20’s and has a hard time speaking up about what happened.
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Aug 28, 2018
August 28th is an incredibly important day to remember - not just for the elections happening today in Florida, Arizona and Oklahoma - but the history of this day that steers us in the direction of unity.

8/28 carries an incredibly important torch towards justice and equality.
August 28th 1833:

The United Kingdom officially abolishes Slavery causing a domino effect. This eventually led to American abolition.
August 28th 1955:

A young boy named Emmett Till was brutally murdered while visiting family down south. His mother wanted him to have an open casket so America would know what their hate had caused.

The death of Emmett Till activated so many to join the fight for equality.
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Jul 31, 2018
Last night, my brother and I went to visit the sleepaway camp we would’ve been working at this summer if we were not working to prevent gun violence.

We wanted to surprise our lil sis because it was her last week of camp as a camper and we were supposed to all be there together.
As I sat in the prayer service listening to all these kids — Kids I watched grow up as their counselor — I couldn’t stop thinking about the loss of one of our own on Valentine’s Day.

I remembered the reason we’re working everyday is for these kids and kids everywhere to live.
Around America, communities are suffering every day from gun violence — even our camp community was hit right in the heart — until we are all safe to come together in unity and peace, no one is safe in America.

That is what we are fighting for, the value of life and community.
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