David Hogg Likely Just Committed A Federal Offense In Tweet To Smith & Wesson

Gun control advocate and school shooting survivor David Hogg may have gotten carried away in his recent tweets.

Springfield, MA - David Hogg, survivor of the Parkland school shooting turned gun control advocate, appears to have broken federal law in his recent tweet directed to gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson.

In his two-part tweet, he told Smith & Wesson to give $5 million dollars to gun violence research or be "destroyed" by "love and economics."

This appears to violate federal law on extortion.

In his tweets, Hogg said:

Dear, Smith and Wesson should you not choose to be morally responsible by

1. By funding gun violence prevention research with 5 million dollars annually.

&

2. Stop manufacturing guns that are illegal under the 2004 Massachusetts assault weapons ban

We will destroy you by using the two things you fear most. Love and economics :) see you soon.

18 U.S. Code § 875(d) states, "Whoever, with intent to extort from any person, firm, association, or corporation, any money or other thing of value, transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication containing any threat to injure the property or reputation of the addressee or of another or the reputation of a deceased person or any threat to accuse the addressee or any other person of a crime, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both."

In order for Hogg to be successfully charged with this crime, prosecutors would need to prove that Hogg knowingly threatened to extort money out of Smith & Wesson by threatening to injure their reputation, by means of interstate communication.

This law follows the "reasonable person" standard that a reasonable person would need to interpret Hogg's tweets to be a threat to damage the company's reputation. While the threat against Smith & Wesson is not plainly expressed though "love and economics," a reasonable person could interpret this to be a threat to the company's reputation.

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The other challenge for prosecutors may be proving interstate communication. Smith & Wesson is based in Springfield, MA, where Hogg was also located when he sent his tweet.

Hogg was in town to protest the gun manufacturer for making the rifle used in the Parkland shooting.

Despite Hogg's physical location, his tweets crossed state lines, which should meet the interstate element of the crime.

Do you think that there's any chance that David Hogg will be investigated for the potential offense? We'd like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.

Comments (83)
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Katarina
Katarina

One can only hope! Let S&W file a lawsuit. They have more money for lawyers than this arrogant, smug, entitled little jerk. Let the person or people financing him defend him.

dirtyharry
dirtyharry

I think they should hang the bastard

Ron1617
Ron1617

Give that little jerk a kick in the ass and send him home.

Tom1
Tom1

Please stop calling him a survivor. By his own admission he wasn't even there. So he "survived" nothing.

yrsued
yrsued

This Douche survived NOTHING!!!

You are giving him way too much credit!! S&W will laugh it off...

JBo
JBo

He probably doesn't realize that people are the problem...not firearms. Even if all firearms in the world disappeared...you'd still have maniacs killing each other.

Rving
Rving

In todays legal world, it depends on who the judge is....Hogg and his handlers probably have one picked out....if anything co es of it at all. There are adults in the room who are afraid of this little puke...

Hooknladdr
Hooknladdr

I dont understand why he is still depicted as a survivor of the shooting. He wasnt even there...

LmRoberts
LmRoberts

First of all he is not a survivor of any school shooting. He was at home when the shooting began and did not arrive at the school until after. So right off the bat he is a fraud. And as a reasonable person, I would consider this extortion and a threat to the reputation of Smith and Wesson. Reel out a little more rope, he will soon step way over that legal line. He feels emboldened to do and say as he wishes. Can't wait til we can toss his con arse in jail for a long time.

Firema306
Firema306

I would love to chin check that lil bitch! But he is chinless, spineless, and gutless!

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

David Hogg is so fine he's my hero! I'd love to lather him up in baby oil. He's like a modern day Jane Fonda.

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

Humanity has everything it needs to create a good world. We've had it for 3,000 years. It's the Ten Commandments -- ten basic, yet profound instructions for how to lead a moral life. If everyone followed the Ten Commandments, we would not need armies or police; marriages and families would be stronger; truth would be a paramount value.

yelyana
yelyana

I would like to think there would be consequences, but in today's society where kids are taught that there are no consequences for your actions, I seriously doubt anything will be done beyond a slap on the hands.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Hi_estComnDenomnn

  1. so what humanity needs is the 10 commandments of Egyptian theology, is what you're saying, right? The Bible was certainly not the first religion to tout the 10 Commandments.

  2. it's pretty pathetic that you have to like your own posts.

susami
susami

I just bought a S&W M&P Shield last week... and I LOVE IT <3

Whutsup
Whutsup

I don't understand why he is considered a survivor, he wasn't in the same building. By that definition anyone that lived in Parkland is a survivor and should be given as much credibility or more than him because they were not running around with a camera trying to profiteer.

Whutsup
Whutsup

Remember daddy is ex-FBI so highly unlikely that they will attack one of their own.

Racechaser6
Racechaser6

I hope he is arrested, charged ,found guilty,fined and imprisoned. But with our liberal justice system, probably nothing will happen. This kid will think he can get away with anything.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

He wasn't a survivor .....but he's certainly a con artist. I live in the same city as S&W and have used their products in the past . I've also used Ruger, Colt, and others as well. I'd love to see that little puke and his backers in court, maybe we'd finally find out where the $$$ is coming from.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

WHY do people who report things like this keep calling Hogg a school shooting survivor?? He wasn't even at the school when that happened so he certainly wasn't a survivor of anything. Stop trying to make him sound like he is important when he is nothing more than a sneaky little wanna be hero.

RPG156
RPG156

Smith & Wesson, lacking a federal case, should file a lawsuit against Hogg because he needs to learn that his reign of indignant impunity is over.

Rtravis58
Rtravis58

This kid is a moronic sheep touting the lefts narrative.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

This little brat needs to be stopped! It is time that he be indicted for crimes of extortion. For anybody to call on cash or be destroyed is clear violation of the law. He has bullied his way around this country under false pretenses calling himself a victim when he was not even at the school nor was he shot or shot at! If Seesion is any kind of a AG its time to present him to a grand jury for extortion and finally shut him up. He is using a platform that is way above his head.

Wildthing
Wildthing

Yes, he should be arrested and prosecuted. He incites violence with his rhetoric everywhere he goes. He's a troublemaker trying to make a name for himself. He's a puppet for the left and a danger.

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

Well, let's see Hillary is responsible for the murder of 4 Americans, sold uranium to the Russian, used an illegal server, is suspected in the murder of several people and not ONE charge. WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL BE DONE TO THIS SKINNY ASS PIECE OF COMMIE SHIT?

NomonK
NomonK

All threats need to be taken seriously. None should be overlooked. You never know when some fool will act upon those threats.

Texan Blue
Texan Blue

Time to buy a S &W AR that I dont need.🇺🇸

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

Survivor? Isn't he the one who was off-Campus during the shooting?

GForce48
GForce48

He is a foolish tool! I see the the LIB Dream Team of Cortez-Hogg in the not to distant future. They will go down in flames or our republic will cease to exist!

spclopr8tr
spclopr8tr

Under the Rosenstein DOJ? Not a chance Hogg will be prosecuted.

Steve1
Steve1

He is guilty of a Federal crime and as such should be prosecuted convicted and given the max sentence allowable by law. This Safe Space boy needs to held accountable for his Terrorist actions just like the school shooter! This boy is not a school shooter survivor, he was not there at the shooting.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

This is not extortion. This is not even close to extortion. ay yi yi

sharon.erdely
sharon.erdely

I wish they would quit calling David Hogg a SURVIVOR. He was never in the school when the shooting began. Managed to get into the school and hide with a group of students. Some Socialist is backing this dimwit.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

No, it is not extortion, and it would be laughed out of court if it were brought there (which it won't be).

Dhack
Dhack

Nothing will come of this...Smith & Wesson could care less. I could care less. He is a little douche with no concept of how the World works or what it takes to live in the real World. Please stop calling him a survivor. He was not even at school.

Snooper
Snooper

I believe that the little spawn of a female k-9 should be brought on charges but I further believe that he will NOT for political reasons. He is a complete idiot!

Roninlion
Roninlion

Why do you waste space referring to David Hogg. He faked his claim to fame by not being there and then doesnt have the balls to recognize his 15 minutes of fame are up. Just let sleeping Hoggs lie.

spd522
spd522

61mouse
61mouse

I hope they go after him just to make his life miserable.

61mouse
61mouse

He's going to hold a news conference that he survived the Jacksonville shooting as he was in Massachusetts

BigPapaFrosty
BigPapaFrosty

Charge him! Also turn the table on him with law suites.

RunCop
RunCop

Hogg is a hog!

Rebelreck
Rebelreck

File charges, turn the tables on him. I would love to see the smile slapped off His face.

Old Sniper
Old Sniper

Hogg was NOT a Parkland "survivor", any more than the gas station clerk 2 miles away was; please stop calling him that. By his own statement, he was not present at the time. He's just a shill for Soros.

Dave In Arizona
Dave In Arizona

Does it really matter whether Hogg-boy committed a crime or not. No one in the FBI or the DOJ will do anything.

lolpasco
lolpasco

put his ass in jail now

chiefd
chiefd

Hogg looks like a typical geek that was bullied all the time. Now, he's found a cause to make himself a few minutes of fame. To bad it's not a noble cause, like stopping drug trafficking, human trafficking, gang violence or other like crimes.

NobodySpecial
NobodySpecial

Why would call someone a survivor who 1, was never injured and 2, didn't, by his own admission arrive on the scene until after the fact. He is nothing but a resident of that city, no more special than any other resident

markstolzoff
markstolzoff

Hogg is a douche but how can the author not know that US Code is not law? Choke yourself and report back to high school

Mortician72
Mortician72

He just needs an old fashion ass whooping. He looks like a little runt and thinks that he shall become Gods warrior on gun control. NOT!