David Hogg, the adolescent activist and school-record survivor, seems to have turned to Trump Tower following the successful push to supermarket chain Publix to stop fundraising for political campaigns.
The 18-year-old had the idea of demonstrating against the president Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association with a "The In," a version of a sit-in in which protesters mimic corpses in one of the president's hotels. As with its other protests, the goal would be to push lawmakers to support additional arms control.
"So, when do we die at the Trump Hotel?" Former student Marjory Stoneman Douglas tweeted, reaped more than 26,000 "likes". When a commentator suggested helping organize a demonstration in one of Trump's buildings in Washington DC, Hogg responded with several winking emojis.
Trump owns hotel properties in several major cities including Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami, Manhattan, Waikiki, Washington DC and Vancouver.
Hogg also advised his 810,000 followers to respond to Trump's tweets, with a reminder of the president's post-Parkland pledge to ban bump stocks, an attachment that makes a semi-automatic fire faster, and the age limit for the Buying a firearm.
"I will strongly push for comprehensive background checks with a focus on mental health," Trump tweeted on February 22, age 21 and Stop selling bump stocks! Congress is in the mood to finally do something about this topic – I hope!
Along with classmates, Hogg led a number of other large-scale demonstrations since the high school shoot on Mar. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and last Friday saw his protest repeated at Publix supermarket chain across Florida, resulting in that the store announced that it would no longer donate to politicians supporting the National Rifle Association, and its efforts target Republican Governor Adam Putnam, a large NRA supporter who previously described himself as an "NRA sell-out" Putnam had counted Publix along with Walt Disney Co. as one of his best campaign sponsors.
"We would Because we never knowingly disappoint our customers or the communities in which we operate, we decided earlier this week of to suspend the company's funded contributions while reevaluating our fundraising processes, "says Publi x in a statement.
Though Hoggs enjoyed activism instances Even after seeing a photo of the teenager protesting in Publix's parking lot, a Florida police officer left a comment on Facebook in which he expressed the hope that an activist would be hit with a car. Other public figures – from lawmakers to law enforcement and television broadcasters late in the night – expressed similar sentiments.
In addition, right-wing conspiracy theorists have also flooded the Internet with false stories about the teenager and his former classmates.
Hogg has tried to appeal to his critics.
"Talking about these issues is the first step in solving them," Hogg tweeted last Friday. "To the NRA supporters, thank you for hearing your voice, we are fighting for you too, let us save lives."