#BrowardCoward Backs Out of Debating Kashuv, Issues Baffling Excuse


It’s right out of the liberal playbook.

One of the Florida teenagers who’s achieved celebrity status by spewing insults at “pathetic” Second Amendment supporters is backing away from a clash over gun rights with a fellow student.

It’s the act of a coward, pure and simple. But the reason he gave has a holier-than-thou hypocrisy that’s impressive – even for high school.

At issue was a proposed debate between Kyle Kashuv, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas student who has emerged as one of the few voices of sanity after last month’s shootings at the Broward County, Florida, school and Cameron Kasky, another Stoneman Douglas “survivor” and an organizer of the weekend’s anti-gun demonstration in Washington.

After at first seeming to agree to the confrontation, Kasky backed out Monday night – claiming that Kashuv is simply too “low” to share a stage with, because of a Twitter post Kashuv wrote in response to another student.

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“Kyle, I’ve enjoyed my discussion about gun laws with you so far, but after seeing this, I think I’m out. For personal reasons,” Kasky wrote to Kashuv. “I disagree on certain policies with some family members of some victims, but I never go after them, especially not like this. This is low.”

And what was it that sent this budding Obama-ite to his fainting couch?

Without getting too far into the weeds of a Twitter dispute (Fox News covers it here), it boils down to Kasky claiming Kashuv isn’t being civil enough to those who disagree with him.

Now, even if the toxic teenagers of Parkland had been gentle as lambs in the past few weeks, that would be nonsense. But the reality is that Kasky and his fellow teen idols from Stoneman Douglas have been anything but civil since they leaped onto the public stage in the shooting aftermath.

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Intoxicated with fawning media attention, they’ve shown no compunction about branding gun rights supporters – and especially National Rifle Association supporters – as de facto mass killers, every one of them equivalent to the 19-year-old maniac who ended 17 lives at Stoneman Douglas Feb. 14.

David Hogg, the poster boy for the young Florida fascists, called politicians who accept donations from the NRA “pathetic f***ers that want to keep killing our children” in one interview. He called the NRA “child murders” in another.

Kasky himself, in an interview with NPR last week, was just as bad. Asked how he would respond to students who favored gun rights, he basically called every gun owner a murderer.

“Well, I say we’re marching to protect you from other people like you who have guns,” he said. “And I say that target shooting, while it is a sport, we’ve become the targets.”

And these are the people who claim that Americans who believe in the United States Constitution are not civil enough to debate in a public forum?

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No one believes that. And no one will mistake Kasky’s sudden unwillingness to debate as an act of courage, when it’s really cowardice.

The facts of the matter are that gun grabbers lack the legal, constitutional or moral high ground in any conversation – which is why they resort to emotional appeals over logical ones. Having one of their teen spokesman getting his clock cleaned in a nationally televised debate is the last thing the gun grabbers want right now. (Their idea of a “debate” is more like CNN’s ludicrous “town hall meeting” where Kasky likened Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to the Parkland gunman, to Rubio’s face.)

Again, it can’t be stressed enough that these Parkland loudmouths are not the real problem. They’re pawns in a liberal attack on the Constitution that goes back long before any American living today was born – much less one who’s still in high school.

But they’re carrying out liberal tactics to a “t,” and part of that is attacking opponents by claiming they’re not being civil enough. (Saul Alinsky Rule No. 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”)

The reality of past decades of political history in the United States is exactly the opposite – that it’s liberals who engage in violence and personal attacks on a mass scale.

If anything, conservatives have been too restrained. One of the main reasons Donald Trump won the Republican primaries, then the presidency, is that he fights back against the left with the weapons it chooses.

The mainstream media is likely to play Kasky’s about-face on a gun-rights debate as an example of the high-mindedness of the gun control cause, not the coward’s turn that it is.

But it’s baffling that the left could think normal Americans could believe Kasky’s excuse, because those plays aren’t working anymore.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.