The Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida revealed many uncomfortable failures and realizations. But one of the most disturbing was a pattern of misplaced priorities by government officials who put politics ahead of everything else.
In the wake of that tragedy, we learned the FBI and local authorities knew that the shooter was mentally disturbed and planning something grievous, yet law enforcement took no action.
It was the same story when the crime actually happened, with Broward County deputies doing everything but engaging the madman. Then officials like Sheriff Scott Israel pointed fingers at everyone but themselves, proving they had learned nothing from the event.
Now, another disturbing incident proves authorities are still stuck looking in the wrong direction, and have their priorities completely backward.
Recently, Parkland student and pro-gun activist Kyle Kashuv did something that is legal and routine: He went to a shooting range with his father.
But law enforcement instantly treated the young man as a criminal. During his Tuesday appearance with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, the Parkland survivor said he was treated like a suspect and “interrogated” for doing the same thing as millions of Americans.
“It was an interrogation. It was a clear attempt to intimidate me,” Kashuv told Carlson. “They used very, very, very harsh interrogation tactics against me,”
The student pointed out there was nothing against the law or even suspicious about a trip to a gun range with a responsible parent.
“I mean, at the end of the day I went shooting with my dad at a gun range,” Kashuv said. “I mean, I did everything peacefully. And I went shooting with my dad and I did absolutely nothing wrong.”
The 16-year-old believes his pro-Second Amendment politics may have played a role in his treatment.
“I posted a video of me showing I have admiration for the Second Amendment and telling people to educate themselves about the Second Amendment because we can’t trust our government to defend ourselves,” Kashuv said.
And he has seen that first hand, as he was at the Parkland school when sworn law enforcement officers failed to go in.
“It was all very, very weird,” he said of his interaction with police. “The school resource officer goes, ‘Kyle, you’re taking five AP classes. You’re such a good student. Why would you do it?’ It went something like this and I was in shock.”
Remember, this was an armed deputy essentially pressuring a student to confess to a non-crime — without his father present or even notified. The implication, of course, was that simply doing target practice under the supervision of a parent was somehow wrong.
“And I said, ‘What do you mean?’ And they came in there with the notion that I had done something wrong by going to gun range,” Kashuv said.
Carlson pointed out that teenagers practicing gun safety, being taught to respect firearms, and how to be responsible was a good thing, yet authorities treated it as a crime.
If the incident happened as Kashuv described, there are several disturbing takeaways. One of the biggest is just how out of touch the left is with normal American culture.
Once again, officials are intent on blaming law-abiding gun owners for the crimes that others commit. In addition, there seems to be a push to demonize normal American activities and paint heartland conservatives as extremists.
A father and son sharing time while hunting, target shooting or working on responsible gun skills is an American tradition — at least it used to be.
Yet liberals and authorities in Florida now have it so backward, they view a positive father-son mentorship as dangerous.
Here’s an idea: Maybe if more teenage boys had positive, responsible father figures who taught them to respect firearms and choose paths besides violence, there would be fewer school shootings.
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