There is no denying the horror of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Countless people throughout the state of Florida—as well as the rest of the US— were affected by this terrible tragedy carried out in 2018.
The families of the victims and survivors all deserve our sympathy, empathy, and respect…
And we truly hope and pray that something like this never EVER happens again.
To make matters worse, the shooting happened during a very turbulent time in American politics…
And nowadays everything seems to get politicized to an unprecedentedly divisive level.
Tragedy Becomes A Talking Point
As soon as news of the shooting was released, gun control advocates came crawling out of the woodwork, raving about how this tragedy would have been avoided if we had stricter national gun laws—or just outlawed guns altogether.
What made their message so powerful was the fact that the students of Stoneman Douglas themselves rallied behind the cause, with good reason…
These kids had just survived one of the most horrific school shootings in American history. For them to have a hatred for guns is totally understandable.
Of course, they’re also still kids. Prior to the shooting, they likely didn’t have to deal with a lot of adult concepts. And while they were forced to grow up a LOT, they still looked at the issue through the eyes of children.
We’ve all heard the names – David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, and Cameron Krasky – and hats off to them for exercising their American right to stand up for what they believe in.
In fact, David Hogg even got accepted to Harvard University – even WITH subpar SAT scores.
However, despite all the voices that were speaking out against guns, there was one voice coming from the MSD survivors that actually DEFENDED 2nd Amendment rights
His name is Kyle Kashuv.
Conservatives Held To A Different Standard?
Kyle became the calm, quiet, yet commanding voice in the debate, though he was often drowned out by the emotional screaming that emanated from the other side.
Kyle made quite a name for himself on the conservative side of things, gaining all kinds of attention from the media with his intellectual insight and calm demeanor. He was looked at as a shining example maintaining civility and composure in the midst of a heated debate, even when it put him at odds with his fellow MSD students.
They all have a lot in common when it comes to their place in this world…
However, one thing that was distinct about Kyle, other than his conservative views, is that, unlike Hogg, he actually EARNED his place at Harvard through academic merit.
That is until Harvard recently rescinded its offer for him to matriculate there this fall.
Well, the story the media is running with is that Harvard reversed the offer when some overtly-offensive tweets from Kashuv’s past were brought to light. In these tweets, a then-16-year-old Kashuv and some of his friends used racially insensitive language and made several admittedly shocking remarks…
However, these were clearly mistakes made by a teenager trying to fit in with the crowd – a teenager that hadn’t yet survived a mass shooting and had his whole world turned upside down.
Is Harvard Being Fair?
He’s changed since then, as have MANY, if not all, of his classmates…
And to deny him an education—one that he actually earned—based on that just seems wrong.
Even though he apologized and wrote a letter to Harvard, he still doesn’t have the option of going to the school.
However, if you think this is JUST because of some questionable tweets – you’d be sorely mistaken.
It’s hard to imagine that his conservative viewpoints were looked upon favorably in a liberal haven like Harvard.
Universities seem to be bowing to the SLIGHTEST pressure from Leftists recently, and in Kashuv’s case, it seems like it really didn’t take that much to make Harvard roll over.
Maybe they were just LOOKING for a reason to keep him from enrolling…
It makes you wonder how David Hogg’s past would look if it was scrutinized to the same degree.
Maybe somebody from the universities Hogg, Gonzalez, and Krasky are attending should dig through all the survivors’ past social media posts to make sure they’re not allowing terrible people into their hallowed halls.
Or maybe they can just accept that Kashuv, like all the rest of us, has grown as a person since he was a young, irresponsible 16-year-old, and instead of judging him based on his past, look at the man he’s become.
Doesn’t that sound better?
“The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.” – Max Lerner