It was great learning about our inalienable right of #2A and how to properly use a gun. This was my first time ever touching a gun and it made me appreciate the #Constitution even more. My instructor was very informative; I learnt a lot. #2A is important and we need 2 preserve 2A pic.twitter.com/4rcOZbpl88
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) April 21, 2018
One of the more disheartening things that have happened recently in the culture is seeing how the Parkland students who survived the horrific Valentine’s Day massacre have been treated in the media. The students who spoke out against gun violence — along with the obligatory anti-2nd amendment rhetoric — have gotten all kinds of press and accolades. (Several even appeared on the cover of Time magazine, as liberal writers and publications used these survivors to score political points.) However, one student — Kyle Kashuv — has also been speaking out… and the media has been precipitously ignoring him. Why?
He’s not calling for gun control measures. Since he’s not echoing the media’s talking points, he’s been ignored.
But even worse, he’s been maligned. He and his dad recently went to a gun range — it was the first time he’s ever touched a gun. “It was great learning about our inalienable right of #2A and how to properly use a gun. This was my first time ever touching a gun and it made me appreciate the #Constitution even more. My instructor was very informative; I learnt a lot. #2A is important and we need 2 preserve 2A,” he tweeted. It stands to reason that a person who survived a traumatic event would want to learn how to protect himself, right?But instead, he was called into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High’s office to have a chat with a resource officer who was concerned over his foray.
Kashuv told The Daily Wire about the meeting:
First, they began berating my tweet, although neither of them had read it; then they began aggressively asking questions about who I went to the range with, whose gun we used, about my father, etc. They were incredibly condescending and rude.
He later said, “I was treated like a criminal for no reason other than having gone to the gun range and posted on social media about it.”
Bradley Moss, a national security lawyer pundit, tweeted that he needs to suck it up. “You were just complaining the other day that law enforcement sits on its hands too much.”
When Kashuv pushed back and said, “Yes, on actual threats to the community,” the lawyer responded — condescendingly — “What you’re learning, Kyle, is that what justifies police scrutiny is not as cut and dry as we all would like. You can’t say cops should never scrutinize you and at the same time demand they be perfect in determining who they can lawfully scrutinize & that is an actual threat.” Then, he added, “Sometimes they’re going to do some due diligence work that might ruffle feathers, but nothing more. There are actual and serious deprivations of constitutional rights that occur. Finding the balance to protect us all and those rights at the same time isn’t easy.”
So, you have a trauma survivor learning to protect himself and he is treated like a criminal. Sounds about right in this topsy turvy world.
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