As a number of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students continue building a coalition of young gun-control advocates, a less vocal group of individuals tied to last month’s deadly shooting in Florida is making a different argument with a similar end goal: safer schools.
One such advocate is Kyle Kashuv, a survivor of the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland who recently appeared on Fox News to voice his support for more attainable immediate goals.
“My perspective is that we have to focus first on what we can achieve,” the student told host Martha MacCallum. “That is mental health restrictions and deeper background checks.”
Sharing his belief that those pushing for a more measured response are being drowned out by the voices of fledgling activist groups, Kashuv insisted that “gun control should be a broader discussion that we need to have after we can secure our schools.”
Instead of retreating to ideological corners, he urged those committed to changing America’s gun culture for the better to work on proposals with widespread support.
Specifically, he responded to MacCallum’s prompt after she aired a clip from a recent broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
Survivor-turned-activist David Hogg shared his account of hanging up on a call from the White House, which Kashuv felt was a “counterproductive” approach.
According to Hogg, an administration representative called him “the day before the listening session” President Donald Trump planned in response to the Parkland shooting to find out if he planned to attend.
“I said I’m not coming because we expect President Trump to come to the CNN town hall,” Hogg said, according to The Daily Caller. “And I ended on this message with them, I said, ‘We don’t need to listen to President Trump. President Trump needs to listen to the screams of the children and the screams of this nation.’”