Pro-gun student Kyle Kashuv has had trouble fitting in with his progressive peers in the wake of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
While those like David Hogg and Cameron Kasky are calling for increased gun control and using inflammatory rhetoric against Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Kashuv has been quietly meeting with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, working toward bipartisan solutions to gun violence.
In an interview on Friday night with Fox News’ Shannon Bream, Kashuv said he’s embarrassed by his fellow students’ mean-spirited attacks on Rubio and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch.
“Some of the rhetoric that is being used by certain individuals in the March for Our Lives event is counterproductive and is counterintuitive to actual change,” he said.
Kashuv went on to say some of the comments leveled against Loesch and Rubio have been “absolutely disgusting and abhorrent” and “makes all of my generation look terrible.”
“It disgusts me to see an individual talk to Sen. Rubio like someone talked to Sen. Rubio,” Kashuv said, “because personally, I developed a connection with Sen. Rubio. He’s a really great guy.”
In February, during a CNN town hall event addressing gun violence, Kasky told Rubio it’s “hard to look at you and not look down the barrel on an AR-15 and not look at Nikolas Cruz,” referring to the 19-year-old gunman who killed 17 people at the Parkland high school.