There was plenty of rhetoric from anti-gun survivors of the Parkland massacre to be heard this weekend, particularly at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.
Pretty much every word that escaped the mouths of these students was treated as unimpeachable gospel from the moral founts of their generation. Those who dared impeach the rhetoric were painted as being anti-survivor, even if the whole march (and the messaging behind it) was mostly the work of gun-grabbing groups like Everytown for Gun Safety.
Not all of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School survivors have gotten in line with the Everytown agenda. And, while they’ve had to push to get media coverage, they’ve made the most of it when it comes to logic.
Kyle Kashuv, a 16-year-old student who hid in a closet for two hours during the Feb. 14 massacre, has been vocal from the start that the solution likely doesn’t involve gun control.
In an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Kashuv noted that it’s ironic that his fellow students seem to put so much of their faith in government to stop mass shootings when government failures were responsible for so many of them.
When asked what would have prevented another shooting by “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan, Kashuv said, “Well, look, I mean, this kid was flagged. He was flagged by the child protective services. He was –“
“The shooter?” Brennan asked.
“Yes. I don’t like to say his name. I prefer not to. He was flagged by the FBI. He was flagged so many different times by the Broward Sheriff’s Office,” Kashuv continued.
“And we need to see that we have to hold our government accountable, we have to, because this can happen again if our government does not do what it’s supposed to do,” he added. “And I find it ironic that after all this — and we’ve seen so many different government failures — we want to trust the government even more.”
While Kashuv has been the public face of the anti-gun control movement among Parkland survivors, he says there are many more students who agree him but are afraid to speak up.
“There’s a silent minority at Stoneman Douglas who agrees with me completely,” Kashuv said.
He also said they would rather see “(s)omething called the Marshal Program, which was registered and implemented in Florida and which would allow properly trained officers and veterans, and unemployment veterans, to acquire the training to protect our school because we’ve seen in Maryland that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. “
“You want — you would have liked more armed guards at the school?” Brennan asked.
“Absolutely,” Kashuv said. “I mean we saw it in Maryland. He stopped the shooter. He did his job. And had the cowards of Broward done their job, I think that the count in Parkland would have been much lower.”
Kashuv may have made the best point we’ve heard from any of the students who have entered the debate so far. The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were failed by the FBI. They were failed by the Broward County Sheriff. They were even failed by their own school resource officer.
And now, they’re marching for more oversight from government officials who can … exhibit the same acumen they showed here?
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