An ally of Parkland survivor turned radical left-wing activist David Hogg has gone his own way, detaching himself from the gun control movement launched by him and his peers after the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this year.
Why? Partially to pursue his own plans, and partially because of what appears to be a notable maturity breakthrough.
“I left the March,” Parkland survivor Cameron Kasky, a co-founder of the March for Our Lives movement, admitted during an interview Wednesday with Fox News Radio show hosts Guy Benson and Marie Harf, adding that he’s confident his “friends” will be fine without him.
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) September 20, 2018
In explaining why he left the march, the 17-year-old teen seemed to express regret over some of the actions his involvement in the march and its co-founders, including Hogg, had provoked from him.
During a CNN-hosted gun control town hall in February, for instance, Kasky suggested that Sen. Marco Rubio affiliation with the National Rifle Association made him complicit in the mass shooting committed at Stoneman Douglas.
Speaking with Benson and Harf about that rude encounter, Kasky expressed regret, admitting that he had attacked Rubio during the town hall not to spur debate, but to score cheap political points.
“I’m very regretful of a lot of the mistakes that I’ve made along the way,” he said. “One of the things I never really did was watch myself. … But, I went into that wanting less conversation and more to embarrass Rubio and that was my biggest flaw,” he said.
Now that he’s detached himself from Hogg, whose entire existence revolves around scoring cheap political points, Kasky hopes to impart to others some of the lessons he’s gleaned along his journey. And one of those key lessons is to just shut up and listen sometimes.
“I learned that a lot of our issues politically come from a lack of understanding of other perspectives and also the fact that so often young conservatives and young liberals will go into debate, like I said earlier, trying to beat the other one as oppose to come to an agreement,” he said.
This dawned on Kasky after he realized that his political opponents were normal people just like him.
“I met that person in Texas whose got that semi-automatic weapon because that’s how they like to protect their family,” he said. “I met the 50 some odd percent of woman who are pro-life, even though I thought it was preposterous that a woman could be pro-life and not pro-choice at the time.”
“I’m working on some efforts to encourage bipartisanship or at least discussion that is productive and help a lot of people avoid the mistakes that I made,” he added.
Anyone who is willing to engage in ideas and hear people out should be commended. @cameron_kasky being willing to admit his mistakes is utterly impressive and his courage here is something I can only aspire to have.
Props to Cameron
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) September 20, 2018
These efforts include launching a new, brilliantly named podcast titled, “Cameron Knows Nothing.”
“My whole message is I was dropped up as an expert. The whole message was these kids are the real experts. Look, I have some very intelligent friends. Some friends who can intellectually run circles around me, but I’m not the expert in pretty much anything,” he explained.
He and his peers — including Hogg, who still remains a know-nothing know-it-all — were ruthlessly exploited by the left-wing media in a manipulative bid to brainwash Americans into believing the only valid solution to gun violence is gun control.
While it’s not clear if Kasky still believes in gun control (he likely does), at least he realizes now that there is no one “right” way to address any issue. There are different approaches, and the duty of every adult citizen is to weigh the pros and cons of every approach.
Kudos to Kasky for this awesome maturity breakthrough. It’s just too bad his fellow Parkland peer, David Hogg, refuses to follow suit and grow up.
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