High profile Parkland High School student David Hogg brought his campaign for gun control to the heart of gun country over the weekend, assuring a skeptical crowd at Paul Quinn College in Dallas that he has no desire to take guns away from law abiding Americans, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Hogg has become a polarizing figure following the Valentine's Day shooting at his Florida high school that left 17 people dead.
"This is where America is," Hogg said of the crowd in Dallas. "It is the middle ground. It's understanding our differences, and its understanding that we have a lot more in common than people tend to assume."
Hogg's weekend rally in Dallas was timed to coincide with the second anniversary of a sniper attack that left five Dallas area police officers dead. He also spoke about the shooting in May at Santa Fe High School in Texas.
"The reason we are here today isn't to take anyone's guns away, it isn't to yell at anyone, it's to listen," Hogg said.
Hogg did face a pro-gun counter rally, including several students at the historically Black college, who wore T-shirts reading 'All Gun Control is Racist.'
Hogg is spending his summer vacation trying to come up with common ground on ways to restrict gun ownership with a goal of making schools and other public buildings safer.
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