Parkland Survivor: Shooting a Bureaucratic, Law Enforcement Failure, Not a ‘Gun Issue’

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - APRIL 26: Kyle Kashuv, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student speaks during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at the 148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 26, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The convention, which runs through Sunday, features more than 800 exhibitors and is expected to …
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Shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv spoke to the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum and said that when he looks back on the Parkland attack he sees it “isn’t a gun issue.”

Instead, Kashuv notes that it is was a bureaucratic and law-enforcement failure that was immediately blamed on guns.

Kashuv said, “I recognize that there are a multitude of factors that led to the shooting and none of them have to do…with a gun.”

He continued, “There was a law enforcement officer who stood outside the shooting while my peers were getting slaughtered and [he] did absolutely nothing. He let my peers die.”

Kashuv is referencing form Broward County deputy Scot Peterson, who arrived on the scene of the shooting approximately 90 seconds after it began but would not do in to confront the shooter. Then-Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told ABC News that surveillance video showed Peterson “arrive at the west side of Building 12, take a position and he never went in.”

After discussing the sheriff’s deputy, Kashuv noted the “leftist policies” that allowed the shooter to commit his heinous act.

Kashuv said, “There were leftist policies that allowed the shooter to commit crimes and never be arrested.”

He added, “[And there] was a school board that refused to spend millions of dollars of school safety funds that would have saved so many lives.”

Kashuv observed, “So while leftist organizations, the media, and celebrities all called for confiscation of guns, I recognized that this isn’t a gun issue.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at



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