Every bit as articulate, thoughtful and smart as any of the left-wing anointed survivors, Kyle Kashuv is being ignored. He’s a threat to their narrative.
H/T- A Lawyer
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.”
“I’m a very strong Second Amendment supporter and I will continue to be throughout this entire campaign.” he tells me.
“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.”
“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.”
“The entire CNN town hall was very ineffective. It worsened the divide,” he laments. “It was so counter productive because Republicans would answer back, and they weren’t really able to voice logical concerns and [talk about] what they wanted to do because they were just booed. It was simply counterproductive. That’s the only word for it.”
The son of first-generation Israeli immigrants, Kashuv describes himself as a conservative, but is adamant that he doesn’t want to become a partisan gladiator. He also emphasizes that his convictions are his own. “My family has not been political at all. Everything I say is my own perspective. Nothing was like spoon-fed to me, or forced. Everything has come from my own research and understanding. I generated my own perspective,” he says, adding that he’s rebuffed efforts to enlist him as an ideological agitator in the model of Hogg and Kasky.
“The only way change will be accomplished is if we stop using inflammatory language, we sit down and have a logical discussion, we don’t call the person the enemy, we don’t shout at them, and we don’t boo them. That’s the only way a positive change will be made.”