Kyle Kashuv, Parkland Survivor Turned Conservative Activist, on Gun Rights and Free Speech

Kyle Kashuv, Parkland Survivor Turned Conservative Activist, on Gun Rights and Free Speech

"I’m basically going against the entire tide," Kyle Kashuv, a 16-year-old survivor of the Parkland mass shooting, told Reason in an interview. "Coming out in support of the Second Amendment right after a school shooting is no easy thing to do." Unlike virtually all the other teen activists who have risen to prominence in the wake of the February 14 tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Kashuv is a conservative and a gun rights supporter. His strident Second Amendment advocacy has brought him national fame: he met President Trump, has been mentored by conservative pundit Ben Shapiro, and now works at Turning Point USA, a major conservative organization that concentrates on outreach to high school and college students. (Turning Point’s High School Leadership Summit, which features a range of high-profile conservative speakers including United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Donald Trump, Jr., is in Washington, D.C., from July 23 until 26 . The organization has offered a scholarship so that interested Marjory Stoneman Douglas students can attend for free.) But back at school, Kashuv has had a rougher time. "I lost like 90 percent of all the friends I’ve had because of it," said Kashuv. "It’s quite saddening because it shows that people just don’t have the ability to be friends with people who have disagreeing opinions with them." Kashuv has also been besieged by online criticism since he started publicizing his views on Twitter. "I get a lot of death threats, I don’t […]

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