David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland school shooting, called out the NRA and its spokeswoman on Sunday during an appearance on ABC’s This Week. Many student survivors, including Hogg, have become activists in the wake of a mass shooting at their high school that left 17 students and teachers dead.
“Honestly, it’s disgusting. [The NRA acts] like they don’t own these politicians, but they do,” Hogg told ABC. “They’ve gotten gun legislation passed before in their favor, in favor of gun manufacturers. The NRA is an organization that’s completely broken."
Hogg then criticized the organization’s spokeswoman Dana Loesch for comments she made earlier in the segment. “We have been supporting proposals to make sure that the system works,” Loesch told host George Stephanopoulos. “We’ve been calling for politicians to work with us and make sure that dangerous people who have received due process can’t access firearms.”
Hogg responded to her claim that the NRA is working to make people safer. “[Loesch] is serving the gun manufacturers,” Hogg said. “She’s not serving the people of the NRA, because the people that are joining the NRA, 99.9 percent of them are amazing people that just want to be safe, responsible gun owners. And I fully can support that.”
The 17-year-old has been at the center of several conspiracy theories claiming that he is either a “crisis actor” or an FBI plant, instead of a Florida student. Hogg squashed those theories last week. “I'm not a crisis actor," he said on CNN. "I'm someone who had to witness this and live through this and I continue to be having to do that. I'm not acting on anybody's behalf."
Alongside his fellow students, Hogg is helping organize the “March For Our Lives” walk in Washington D.C. to protest for stricter gun control. When asked during the ABC segment if he thinks the #NeverAgain movement will maintain its momentum, Hogg says yes. “Columbine was about 19 years ago,” Hogg said. “Now that you’ve had an entire generation of kids growing up around mass shootings, and the fact that they’re starting to be able to vote, explains how we’re going to have this change. Kids are not going to accept this.”
Watch the full interview below.