There are a handful of names I routinely think of when it comes to the March For Our Lives crowd. David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez appear to be the two biggest, but the name Cameron Kasky has been mentioned on the pages of Bearing Arms by yours truly more than once.
Like the rest of that particular gaggle of young people, Kasky was fairly bombastic in his anti-gun crusade, but I haven’t heard a lot from him over the last couple of months.
Now, it seems that Kasky has left the group he helped found and is admitting to some mistakes in how he approached the whole issue of campaigning for gun control.
On going after Senator Rubio at the town hall: I’m very regretful of a lot of the mistakes that I’ve made along the way. One of the things I never really did was watch myself. If I was on a screen I kind of tried to run away from it. I’m not entirely sure why. But, looking back on that it’s like you said, you touched off on this very well in the intro, I’m not going to kick myself for it because I’m 17. Despite the fact that I thought I did at the time, I don’t know everything. But, I look back on that and I say, you know what, there were people who had just been buried and when you’re looking at somebody that you find might in some way have been complicit in this murderer obtaining the weapon it’s hard not to say something like that. But, I went into that wanting less conversation and more to embarrass Rubio and that was my biggest flaw.
On his plans going forward: This summer when March For Our Lives went on the summer tour that we embarked on I met that person in Texas whose got that semi-automatic weapon because that’s how they like to protect their family. I met the 50 some odd percent of woman who are pro-life, even though I thought it was preposterous that a woman could be pro-life and not pro-choice at the time. I learned that a lot of our issues politically come from a lack of understanding of other perspectives and also the fact that so often young conservatives and young liberals will go into debate, like I said earlier, trying to beat the other one as oppose to come to an agreement…I’m working on some efforts to encourage bipartisanship or at least discussion that is productive and help a lot of people avoid the mistakes that I made. (6:33)
Kasky is also kicking off a podcast called “Cameron Knows Nothing.” He argues that he was “dropped up” as an expert when, in reality, he’s not an expert on anything.
Well, we knew that, but I’m going to give Kasky credit. He’s recognized this about himself while his former cohorts haven’t grasped that reality yet.
It sounds like Kasky hasn’t become pro-gun, but he may be understanding that people on this side of the aisle may hate what happened and want to prevent the next shooting as much as anyone, but we don’t believe the measures being pushed will work. Maybe he’s starting to understand we’re not evil psychopaths who love seeing dead kids.
We can hope.
For what it’s worth, I want to see what the kid can put forward. It sounds like he’s done some soul searching and he’s trying to forge a more productive path forward. Even if he remains tied to campaign for gun control, perhaps he’ll be part of a group that stops demonizing us for disagreeing with them.
Only time will tell.