KASKY SHOWS TREMENDOUS MATURITY AS HE CHANGES HIS TONE AND OPENS HIS EARS
You probably know the name Cameron Kasky.
In case you don’t, Kasky was one of the survivors of the Parkland shooting and in the aftermath, he helped found March For Our Lives, an activist group that was stridently pro-gun control.
They went around the country demanding action, but often did so in pretty divisive ways.
In fact, Kasky himself became best known for standing up at a CNN Town Hall event and equating Senator Marco Rubio with Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz.
Truthfully, while I would never speak ill of a child, especially one who survived such a traumatic event, I found him and several of his fellow March For Our Lives spokespeople — like David Hogg — to be quite off-putting in their approach and messaging.
So when I heard Kasky was going to sit down with conservative firebrand Ben Shapiro, I will admit, I was intrigued.
The show aired Sunday and I must say, I came away from it seeing the young man from Parkland in a whole new light.
Kasky detailed everything he has been doing lately and mentioned leaving March For Our Lives.
Throughout the course of the conversation — which to he and Shapiro’s credit was very civil — the kid who once stood on stage in front of a national audience practically calling Marco Rubio a murderer showed an amazing level of maturity by admitting he made mistakes and acted poorly at times.
He reflected back on the media attention he received, saying that while he thinks he has an important voice, he feels the press did both him and their viewers a disservice by holding him up as an expert when he clearly is not one.
The entire interview was very impressive, but one thing in particular that Kasky said stuck out to me:
He said that while his political views have not changed, his views of other people’s views have changed.
That sounds a bit jumbled, but what Kasky means is that he has come to realize that somebody who holds an opposing opinion may just be wrong — or at least wrong in his eyes — rather than evil.
Whereas he may have thought NRA members do not care about dead children, he has come to understand that they absolutely do care, they just believe in different solutions.
Kasky said he left March For Our Lives because even though he still supports what they are doing, he feels it is more important to try to bring people together to talk about their differences and possible common ground solutions now, so that has become his priority at the moment.
I must say, overall, I found both the conversation itself and Kasky’s approach refreshing.
As he joked, he used to believe he knows everything, but now he understands that there is quite a lot that he actually does not know.
That may seem like simple and unremarkable, but for an 18-year old, that is very mature and shows a lot of wisdom.
I probably still disagree with Kasky on most issues, but I am absolutely willing to listen to him now — far more so than when he was screaming about people being murderers for being NRA members — because he is showing a level of respect and understanding for opposing viewpoints that he previously did not seem capable of.
I applaud his new approach and willingness to engage honestly with those who disagree with him, and hope many more Americans follow his lead.
In this current political climate, that is something we could use a whole lot more of.