News: Florida School Shooting Survivor Supports Gun Rights

Seventeen-year-old Kyle Kashuv will be a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, this fall. His views on gun rights differ from those of most of his classmates, as he is actively recruiting other high school students to join him in learning about conservative values and to promote his ideas on gun rights.

Kashuv was in Denver, CO last week to speak at the Western Conservative Summit. He was at the school Feb. 14 when a 19-year-old former student shot and killed 14 students and three staff members, though in a separate building.

“It’s ironic. Our courtrooms are protected by metal detectors and guns, our airports, even our elected officials. But our kids are not,” he said.

Kashuv believes in gun rights and the Second Amendment. He believes the solution to school shootings is to ensure that every school has metal detectors, armed guards and a single point of entry, though he advocates for multiple points of exit.

Ninety-eight percent of school shootings end when the shooter is confronted by armed resistance, Kashuv said. Schools must equip and train on-site first responders, whether officers or teachers, because it takes law enforcement up to 15 minutes to respond to the first reports of a shooting, he added.

Kashuv has developed a mobile app, known as #ReachOut, that allows students within a school to connect with each other and to receive anonymous help, especially when a school lacks counselors or other school professionals.

During Kashuv’s speech at the summit, he recalled that immediately after the shooting, the left mobilized to denounce the Second Amendment and vilify guns, he said. That prompted him to do everything he could to protect the Second Amendment.

It “provides the right to defend ourselves, but more importantly, it poses a deterrent to tyrannical governments, since the first thing a government does is to take away a citizen’s right to bear arms, as has happened in China and Romania.” (Neither of those countries has ever had a Second Amendment. Both China and Romania currently allow individual ownership only for hunting purposes.)

Kashuv said the difference between those countries and the United States is that the U.S. has “the essential liberty of the Second Amendment and a rightful mistrust of the government and emphasis on self-preservation.”

He also blamed the media for highlighting the gun control efforts of Hogg and Gonzalez, stating that everyone knows their names but no one could name a single student from the Santa Fe High School shooting that took place in Texas on May 18.

One of the solutions to school shootings, as Kashuv sees it, is first to get rid of so-called “gun-free” zones at schools, which he said entice shooters. They know when they go to a school with a gun-free zone sign, they’ll encounter no opposition.

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