The mass shooting allegedly perpetrated by Nikolas Cruz sent shockwaves throughout the Parkland, Florida community, rippling well beyond into the fabric of America.
Ever since the tragedy struck Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, we’ve seen their faces dozens of times in the news media: Students who have vocally expressed support for gun control.
Prominent among the students has been Emma Gonzalez, an LGBTQ student who ripped into NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch at the CNN “town hall,” even having the nerve to say that she would “support her children in a way… she would not.”
Gonzalez also drew media attention by saying, “If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a ‘terrible tragedy’ and how it ‘should never have happened’ and maintain telling us that nothing will be done about it, I’m going to have to ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association.”
No one has been more outspoken than David Hogg, a Parkland student who is the son of an FBI agent and has been accused of being a “crisis actor.” This unfounded smear has obscured that Hogg has been nearly ubiquitous in the news media, showcased for his insistence on gun control.
“Let’s make a deal DO NOT come to Florida for spring break unless gun legislation is passed,” David Hogg wrote on Twitter. He says the politicians aren’t listening to students and others calling for gun control, “so maybe they’ll listen to the billion dollar tourism industry in FL. #neveragain,” he wrote on Twitter.
Hogg would also gain notoriety by reportedly ‘hanging up‘ on the White House when it called for him to attend President Trump’s listening session. It was apparently “very offensive” for Hogg to be invited to the event to listen to anything the president had to say.
Lost in all the media’s parading of victim voices calling for gun control has been the students who are not subscribing to the gun control narrative. One of the students, a JROTC member named Colton Haab who helped protect Parkland students, garnered attention by calling out CNN’s “town hall” producers for telling him to “stick to a script.”
Alas, that was only one component of the story: Haab appeared on Fox News and made the case that CNN coordinated the talking points, and this was the reason for him skipping the media event. CNN denies any such scripting of the talking points.
An exclusive from Townhall’s Guy Benson tells the story of Kyle Kashuv, who survived the horrific shooting spree at Parkland. A conservative student who supports the Second Amendment, his voice has been noticeably absent among the Parkland students, who have been held up as being inherently wiser on the issue of gun control than their elder American voters.
“I’m a very strong Second Amendment supporter and I will continue to be throughout this entire campaign.” Kashuv told Benson. “As of right now, my main goal is to meet with legislators and represent to them that there are big Second Amendment supporters in our community. Through this entire thing, my number one concern has been making sure that the rights of innocent Americans aren’t infringed upon.”
In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, it was revealed that Democratic operatives like Debbie Wasserman Schultz, with major funding from progressive celebrities and activists, organized gun control supporters at Marjory Stoneman Douglas to travel to the nation’s capitol for a political rally. Benson contrasts Kashuv’s views further in his interview:
He says that when he visited the state capitol to talk to lawmakers shortly after the tragedy, he consistently asked for guarantees that the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners wouldn’t be attacked or abridged. He’s waded into this debate “kind of reluctantly,” he admits, observing that at some point he realized that he was one of the few conservatives in his school who were speaking up in public. “It’s not even by my choosing, it’s just come to that,” he remarks. “I feel somewhat obligated to do this because the other half of America needs to be heard. I’m doing this because I have to.”
Why haven’t we heard Kashluv’s voice amplified in the American media, given absolute deference due to the indisputable fact that he is a survivor of the Parkland shooting?
It’s clear that all victims of the Parkland shooting are equally entitled to voice their views after the tragedy; but in the eyes of the mainstream media, some victims are more equal than others.
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