Cameron Kasky, a Parkland school shooting survivor and co-founder of March for Our Lives, told Fox News’ Guy Benson yesterday that he has left the organization he helped found and has regrets about some things he said.
More specifically, he regrets how he spoke to Sen. Marco Rubio.
“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.”
Kasky also says he and his friends were looked at as experts when they really don’t know as much as people seem to think they do.
“My whole message is I was dropped up as an expert. The whole message was these kids are the real experts. Look, I have some very intelligent friends. Some friends who can intellectually run circles around me, but I’m not the expert in pretty much anything.”
He says he learned a lot while talking with people on the March for Our Lives tour, even meeting people who own an AR-15 for home defense and understanding their perspective a little better.
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.
As for March for Our Lives, Kasky says he has left the board and didn’t feel like they needed him anymore.
I left the March. I’m off the board. I left the organization and if I thought that my friends and the people I worked with couldn’t do it without me I would not have done that, but alas all of our efforts looking forward looked like they didn’t really need my involvement and while I could have helped it wasn’t crucial.