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Cameron Kasky. Emma Gonzalez. David Hogg. Alex Wind. Jaclyn Corin. According to the left-wing media, these are the Parkland shooting survivors-turned-activists who represent the overall views of young Americans when it comes to the Second Amendment. These are the voices of the “March for Our Lives” rallies and the students who are on the forefront of the initiative to reduce mass shooting deaths. How? By passing stricter gun control laws.
But wait. It appears they are missing a few kids. In their bid to push their anti-gun agenda, they have all but ignored the Parkland shooting survivors who don’t demand harsher gun laws. Indeed, the most recent cover of Time Magazine features the five students pushing for more gun control, but Kyle Kashuv and Patrick Petty seem to be missing. It’s easy to see why: They don’t believe that more gun control legislation will prevent mass shootings.
Patrick Petty’s Rebuke of The Gun Control Movement
Last week, Patrick Petty, whose sister died in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School issued a stern rebuke against one of the anti-gun activists. When he saw that Emma Gonzalez was using his sister’s name to push the left’s agenda, he tweeted, “Hey @Emma4Change please stop using my sister’s name to push your agenda, she DID NOT and WOULD NOT support it.”
Petty has posted a number of tweets in support of the right to keep and bear arms. Naturally, his tweets addressing Gonzalez elicited a harsh response from the left. One user tweeted,” Yeah, so get your petty little 2,000 followers and see how far you’ll get compared to her 1.1 MILLION followers because they’re coming for you, they’re going to get you, and they’re going to change America and set an example to the rest of the world.”
Another user responded, “I have no idea who you lost, but if she was not a supporter of sensible gun control, shame on you and her.” Of course, there were many other users who defendedPetty’s tweet and expressed support.
Kyle Kashuv Takes on The Left’s Punditry Class
Kyle Kashuv is another student who survived the Parkland school shooting. He is also against stricter gun control measures. Indeed, he has been outspoken in his support for the Second Amendment. Kashuv debated the issue with Piers Morgan in an appearance on “Good Morning Britain.” Despite his age, he held his own against the pundit. When taking on Morgan’s arguments in favor of banning “assault rifles,” Kashuv said:
“The next majority, all right, is gang-related violence. And stripping away the rights of individuals who are law abiding citizens won’t solve the problem. And let’s say we look at assault rifles. 3% of all gun deaths are with assault rifles; 68% of those are suicides. So, saying that we’re going to ban all semi-automatic rifles will not solve the problem. We have to look a gang-related violence [because] that’s where most of the numbers come from.”
Kashuv has consistently argued for finding common ground between the two sides of the gun control conversation. He has even invited Cameron Kasky and David Hogg to engage in a civil debate on the issue. Of course, Kasky is the only one to have accepted Kashuv’s invite, only to find later an excuse to back out of it. Of course, the student’s advocacy for the Second Amendment has not made the media establishment happy.
Recently, Kashuv was scheduled for an interview with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin to discuss the shooting. However, on Wednesday, the student took to Twitter to state that CNN canceled his appearance on Baldwin’s show because he retweeted an article critical of the journalist. I suppose that’s what happens when you don’t toe the leftist line.
Why Doesn’t the Media Pay Attention to All of The Parkland Survivors?
The reason the media is ignoring Kyle Kashuv, Patrick Petty and others is simple. They don’t want the American public to hear the voices of the survivors who don’t advocate gun control. The press isn’t interested in presenting both sides of the argument. This was evident at the CNN Town Hall on gun control that was heavily stacked in favor of the gun control movement.
The reality is that the students pushing for stricter gun control do not reflect the majority of the views of young Americans. Indeed, a recent Ipsos poll revealed that Americans between the ages of 13 and 24 are split on the issue.
If the media were genuinely interested in reporting in a way that reflects American opinions, they wouldn’t push students like Kyle Kashuv and Patrick Petty to the side. Instead, they would encourage debate between activists on both sides.
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