Parkland Student Doesn't Understand How the Constitution Works


Parkland shooting survivor Cameron Kasky ignited Twitter this week with what appeared to be an inaccurate claim regarding the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

In the wake of last month’s Parkland school shooting that left 17 people dead, Kasky and some of his classmates have emerged as vocal proponents of stricter gun control measures.

As part of that push for more gun control, Kasky tweeted Tuesday that the “second amendment has no restrictions,” a claim that was quickly debunked on Twitter and elsewhere.

“The first amendment has restrictions. The second amendment has no restrictions,” he tweeted. “These weapons are not in the hands of “well-regulated” militias. The changes the people are demanding do not desecrate the second amendment, they just make it a safe addition to our constitution.”

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However, as pointed out by The Daily Wire, there are many regulations that do indeed “limit the scope of the Second Amendment,” and the outlet even compiled a list of five such laws.

There’s the National Firearms Act, which restricts the “importation of certain firearms, including but not limited to, machineguns, silencers, certain weapons made from rifles or shotguns, and destructive devices.”

There’s also the Arms Control Act of 1976, which regulates the importation of “certain firearms, firearms parts, ammunition” and some other types of military equipment. Meanwhile, the Gun Control Act of 1968 “generally prohibits the importation” of firearms, ammunition and many gun parts.

Moreover, the Firearms Protection Act prohibits the “transfer or possession” of machine guns. Finally, the Brady Law stipulated that firearms dealers must conduct background checks on people who want to buy a gun.

On Twitter, many users, including fellow Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv, seemed to agree that Kasky’s tweet was misinformed.

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“This is why we don’t let minors dictate policy. What a highly uninformed tweet,” wrote conservative commentator Kassy Dillon.

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Joe Setyon was a deputy managing editor for The Western Journal who had spent his entire professional career in editing and reporting. He previously worked in Washington, D.C., as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine.
Joe Setyon was deputy managing editor for The Western Journal with several years of copy editing and reporting experience. He graduated with a degree in communication studies from Grove City College, where he served as managing editor of the student-run newspaper. Joe previously worked as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine, a libertarian publication in Washington, D.C., where he covered politics and wrote about government waste and abuse.
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