Not every Parkland survivor who shares the ‘never again’ goal drank the Progressive Kool-Aid.
Kyle Kashuv doesn’t show up on CNN’s radar. Probably because he makes more sense than most of their hosts.
But on that fateful day in Parkland Florida, he was huddled in a classroom closet for two hours while people he saw every day were being ruthlessly gunned down.
You’ll notice his twitter account doesn’t have a famous blue checkmark and a million or so followers. He has no publicist. He isn’t running the talk circuit like a few others with very… let’s call them ‘incendiary’ opinions have been.
He’s not part of the political hype.
But that doesn’t mean he’s got nothing to say.
Kashuv ended up piling into one room only after an instructor made a judgment call to unlock her door to accommodate a group of panicked students. The closet felt “like the safest place to be,” he remembers. “I was trying to calm people down who were crying hysterically, letting everyone know that everything would be alright.” Kids frantically checked their phones and social media feeds for emerging information as they remained holed up, waiting for a SWAT team’s liberation. It finally came around 4:30pm. They had survived; seventeen others had not.
He has a lot to say but can’t help but wonder aloud if many in the mainstream media have any interest in listening. Some of his schoolmates have gained prominence as television mainstays in the aftermath of the killings, their opinions validated with verified social media statuses, amassing millions of followers in the process. Kashuv is just as much a Parkland survivor as now-familiar names like David Hogg and Cameron Kasky, yet his views have only garnered limited attention.
I ask him why he thinks that’s the case. “I don’t know,” he says, hesitantly. “Maybe because I don’t use inflammatory language. I speak calmly and logically without much emotion. I don’t necessarily make the very best headline.” He’s politely referring to some of his more “famous” peers’ propensity to launch provocative and partisan attacks, such as repeated assertions that people who disagree with their political or policy preferences “don’t care” about dead children, or have ‘blood on their hands.’ But Kashuv knows that the disparate treatment he’s lived isn’t merely attributable to stylistic differences; he’s convinced that the substance of his views is what has diminished his appeal to many activists and journalists.
He’s not exactly someone Trevor Noah or Don Lemon or their various equivalents would be particularly interested in hearing.
“I’m a very strong Second Amendment supporter and I will continue to be throughout this entire campaign.” he tells me. “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.”
Look at that. The one who is willing to have a rational converasation about the events (rather than screaming ‘blood on your hands’ at people don’t march lockstep with his ideas) turns out to be pretty solidly informed on the issues.
(What’s that expression about the empty truck making the most noise?)
Kashuv counts himself as a believer in the ‘Never Again’ cause, but feels ostracized and ignored by those — including students and the adults supporting them — who disagree with his conservative politics. “It’s quite saddening because I support this Never Again movement in some aspects. Everything that isn’t for gun control, I fully support. But a lot of people in the movement, they view it as ‘you’re with us or you’re against us.’ There’s no middle ground. So either you support them on all of their policy ideas, or you’re an enemy. That’s sad because I really do love this movement, and I want it to do a lot of good work. But simply because I have a different opinion on what needs to be done [on guns], I’m not represented as a leading member.”
And that’s what happens when an AGENDA hijacks a cause.
There is no room for debate or dissent. It’s join, or be opposed.
That’s a bloody arrogant approach. And ironically — more often than not — one that will wind up making FEWER people safe, not more.
The Effeminization Of The American Male
by Doug Giles
Doug Giles, best-selling author of Raising Righteous And Rowdy Girls and Editor-In-Chief of the mega-blog, ClashDaily.com, has just penned a book he guarantees will kick hipster males into the rarefied air of masculinity. That is, if the man-child will put down his frappuccino; shut the hell up and listen and obey everything he instructs them to do in his timely and tornadic tome. Buy Now:The Effeminization Of The American Male
What Jim Acosta, Rachel Maddow and the Rest of The Media (D) STILL haven’t figured out yet is why we call them ‘Fake News’.
Let’s spell it out for them. In a shirt.
Because you know they won’t be able to figure it out on their own.
There’s a ladies’ version…
And a men’s version…
The problem isn’t just the lies they tell…
It’s the truth they DON’T tell…
And the opinions laced right through them.
And the best part? This shirt is made in the USA, printed in the USA, on an American-Made t-shirt press!
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