Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Kyle Kashuv has taken a stance on gun control divergent from his liberal peers, choosing instead to be an outspoken defender of the Second Amendment. Earlier this week, he took on “Good Morning, Britain” host Piers Morgan to defend his views.
Even as other students have appeared in the media to call for the repeal of the Second Amendment, Kashuv chose instead to meet with President Trump and elected representatives on both sides of the political spectrum to discuss gun safety and practical policy.
Morgan, a staunch opponent of gun rights, criticized Kashuv for his views and questioned his decision not to support his classmates like David Hogg, who bragged about hanging up on a phone call with the President.
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Sticking to his guns, Kashuv addressed each of Morgan and his co-anchor Susanna Reid’s points about gun-related deaths, law enforcement failures, and their proposal to raise the age limit for firearm ownership.
“Really the only thing that he [President Trump] put forward was extended background checks – which is fine – but it doesn’t, in my view, go nearly far enough,” argued Morgan. “Do you not feel it’s weird that in Florida for example you can’t buy a beer until you are 21, but you can buy an AR-15 gun?”
Kashuv responded to say that a young mother in her early-20s should have a right to protect herself and her children. “Why can’t a 20-year-old single mother be able to defend her children? Raising the age from 18 to 21 won’t solve the problem. It simply like a reactionary statement to what happened in Parkland,” said Kashuv.
It was a point previously raised by Bethany Mandel in the New York Times, whose mother prevented her rape as a child by scaring off a home intruder with a gun.
“For many, support for gun rights is motivated precisely by our devotion to protecting our kids,” wrote Mandel. Much like Kashuv, Mandel has been attacked in social media for her defense of the Second Amendment.
When Morgan compared the number of gun-related deaths in Britain compared to the United States, Kashuv responded by pointing out that the comparison was misleading.
“Let me tell you something, most of the deaths that you see are from suicides,” Kashuv said. “The next majority, alright, is gang-related violence. And stripping away the rights of individuals who are law abiding citizens won’t solve the problem.”
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