Pro-Gun Parkland Shooting Survivor Not Getting Media Attention His Liberal Peers Are

| MAR 6, 2018 | 10:31 PM


In the wake of the deadly shooting at a Florida high school, pro-gun control students have earned quite a bit of attention. But what about conservative students?

One such teenager, Kyle Kashuv, isn't getting much press time despite his peers' constant television appearances.

Kashuv told Townhall that during the mid-February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, he was “trying to calm people down who were crying hysterically, letting everyone know that everything would be alright.”

The 16-year-old junior is just as much a survivor of the deadly attack as his now-famous counterparts, David Hogg and Cameron Kasky, both of whom have called for increased gun control, but Kashuv is hardly in the limelight.

“I don't know,” Kashuv said, speculating about the difference in treatment. “Maybe because I don't use inflammatory language. I speak calmly and logically without much emotion. I don't necessarily make the very best headline.”

He certainly has a point. After all, Kasky and Hogg have been making their rounds on network television and, on Friday, appeared on HBO's “Real Time with Bill Maher,” where Kasky revealed a lack of knowledge on the Second Amendment and Hogg boasted about hanging up on the White House.

Several of Kashuv's liberal peers are also reportedly eyeing book deals to help advance their pro-gun control agenda — a belief he doesn’t seem to share with his fellow teenagers.

Kashuv, who describes himself as “a very strong Second Amendment supporter,” is using his time — and the platform the horrific attack gave him — to meet with lawmakers about what changes could be made to current laws:

“My main goal is to meet with legislators and represent to them that there are big Second Amendment supporters in our community. Through this entire thing, my number one concern has been making sure that the rights of innocent Americans aren't infringed upon.”

Kashuv, who said he entered the debate “reluctantly,” noted he's been asking politicians for guarantees that the constitutional rights of law-abiding, gun-carrying citizens will not be impacted by any new legislation.

“I feel somewhat obligated to do this, because the other half of America needs to be heard,” he explained. “I'm doing this because I have to.”

Despite his efforts, and his support for the #NeverAgain movement, Kashuv told Townhall he feels rejected by progressives:

"It's quite saddening, because I support this #NeverAgain movement in some aspects. Everything that isn't for gun control, I fully support.

But a lot of people in the movement, they view it as, 'You're with us or you're against us' — there's no middle ground. So either you support them on all of their policy ideas, or you're an enemy.

That's sad, because I really do love this movement, and I want it to do a lot of good work. But simply because I have a different opinion on what needs to be done [on guns], I'm not represented as a leading member."

It should be noted, as a result of his comments to Townhall, Kashuv is now hearing from CNN, Fox News, the NRA, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas):

The discussion over gun control was reinvigorated in February after a 19-year-old gunman opened fire in the Parkland school, killing 17 people and injuring more than a dozen others.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as President Donald Trump, have been discussing and debating ways in which the problem of gun violence can be addressed.

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