‘This Is Not About Us’: Cameron Kasky Explains Why He Doesn’t Want to Be TIME Person of the Year

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Cameron Kasky has been one of the more outspoken members of the “March For Our Lives” teens who campaigned for gun control after their classmates were murdered. The teens were recently shortlisted for TIME Magazine’s “Person of the Year” Award but Kasky says that if they get the honor, he’ll turn it down and his reasoning is admirable.

In a series of tweets, Kasky explained that he believed the movement should be focused on the lives lost instead of the survivors who worked to make changes. He wrote, “This is not about us and it was never about us.”

Kasky said in September that he’d left March For Our Lives but it didn’t seem to be an uncomfortable split. He explained in an interview with Fox News Radio, “If I thought that my friends and the people I worked with couldn’t do it without me I would not have [left].”

The 18-year-old really rose to prominence during a town hall in which he confronted Marco Rubio, telling the Senator “it’s hard to look at you and not look down the barrel of an AR-15 and not look at Nikolas Cruz.”

Nikolas Cruz was the teen who murdered 17 of Kasky’s classmates in February of 2018.

There was fury over donations that Rubio took from the National Rifle Association, but the Florida lawmaker doesn’t face re-election until 2022.

In the wake of the shooting, Kasky and other survivors became household names as they rallied together and went to Washington for the “March for Our Lives.” Their efforts even bore fruit — which has seemed impossible in the gun control argument — as then-Governor Rick Scott signed into law new gun restrictions, signaling a turn in his previous mostly unwavering loyalty to the NRA.

Other names on TIME’s “Person of the Year” shortlist included Robert Mueller, Donald Trump, Christine Blasey Ford, and Jamal Khashoggi.

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Noble sentiments from Mr. Kasky. I wish him luck on his journey towards becoming a rational adult.

Too bad Time is already leaning towards celebrating dead journalists. It’s almost like a posthumous Oscar, where they celebrate their own for dying. How fitting for a moribund publication. *sigh* I remember when Time actually was a source of news and information.

Get off my lawn you whippersnappers!

Madison Dibble

This is a really cool thing done by Caskie. He’s really grown into an impressive person since he was thrown into the public eye. Good for him.





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