Harvard invites ‘Parkland students’ for discussion on guns; just one problem

Harvard invites ‘Parkland students’ for discussion on guns; just one problem
Kyle Kashuv (left), David Hogg (Images: TH, MSNBC video screen grab)

According to The Hill, the Harvard Institute of Politics will host an event on March 20 titled “#NEVERAGAIN: How Parkland Students are Changing the Conversation on Guns.” Featured participants will include all the now-familiar names, including David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, and Cameron Kasky.

One name that will be conspicuously absent from the forum is that of Kyle Kashuv, who yesterday tweeted:

If the name doesn’t have the same cachet as the ones mentioned above, it is no accident. Town Hall’s Guy Benson explains:

[Kyle] 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. “As of right now, my main goal is to meet with legislators and represent to them that there are big Second Amendment supporters in our community. Through this entire thing, my number one concern has been making sure that the rights of innocent Americans aren’t infringed upon.”

No doubt Hogg, who has become a fixture on the cable news circuit, will have his usual platform, declaring without comment or rebuttal as he has done so often in recent days that the NRA “sells guns,” is “anti-police,” and should be regarded as a haven for “child murderers.”

Gonzalez, who has achieved nearly as much name recognition, will share her solutions for safer schools, with include removing “the guns that cause the most carnage. It’s so Simple.”

How Harvard can view such naïve and frankly stale notions as game changers in the national conversation on guns remains to be seen. Adult liberals have been making the same lame arguments and allegations for decades. The only difference now is that they are coming from the mouths of babes who in any case are simply parroting what they have heard their elders say.

But the university’s most egregious sin is one of omission. In her commencement speech in 2016, Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust declared that “knowledge matters … facts matter — in the present moment, as a basis for the informed decisions of individuals, societies, and nations.”

Those words ring hollow in the face of the school’s decision to entertain only one set of voices in its dialog on guns.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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