David Hogg escorted out of House meeting on assault weapons ban
David Hogg, a gun control activist and survivor of the 2018 Parkland school shooting, was escorted out of a House Judiciary Committee meeting on Wednesday after yelling at Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), claiming that the congressman was repeating language used by mass shooters.
Why it matters: The committee was holding a markup on legislation that would ban the sale, import, manufacture or transfer of certain semiautomatic weapons that the bill defines as assault weapons.
What they're saying: After being escorted out of the committee meeting, Hogg said in a social media post that he believed Biggs was repeating talking points that have been found in manifestos written by gunmen who have carried out racially motivated mass shootings.
- Before Hogg interrupted the meeting, Biggs had characterized increased immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border as "an invasion," claiming that immigration was being organized, that immigrants pose a danger and a threat to U.S. communities and that it was being sanctioned by the federal government.
- "You are reiterating the points of mass shooters in their manifestos," Hogg yelled at Biggs.
- "Guess what? Those guns are coming from the United States of America. They aren't coming from Mexico," he added, referring to guns used in mass shootings.
- After Hoggs was escorted out of the committee room, Biggs suggested that he had staged "an insurrection" by interrupting an official proceeding.
The big picture: The bill, which may pass the House but is unlikely to pass the Senate, would ban semiautomatic rifles, pistols and shotguns that have certain magazine capacities and other attachments.
- The bill comes after at least four gunmen used semiautomatic, AR-15-style rifles to kill a combined 42 people in mass shootings in the last two months, including 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, last month.
- President Biden, who supports a federal assault weapons ban, signed the most significant federal gun legislation in nearly three decades into law last month after it received bipartisan support in Congress.
- It included enhanced background checks for those under 21, funding for mental health and school safety, incentives for states to implement "red flag" laws and limits on the "boyfriend loophole."