Kyle Kashuv Is Alright In My Book

Official harassment of those who support the right to keep and bear arms is not to be tolerated...

No one of sound mind can argue that the incident in Parkland wasn’t a tragedy. 17 young people lost their lives at the hands of a deranged madman, with the willful negligence of local and federal government authorities playing a major factor as well. While most of the survivors and relatives of the deceased have chosen to grieve in private, as is normal, some survivors have engaged in a psychotic campaign to demonize lawful gun owners and strip away long-held civil liberties from American society. One young man stands alone in opposition to this - Kyle Kashuv.

Unlike some of his more attention-seeking classmates, Kyle wasn’t calling for gun control and confiscation before the brass was cold at Parkland. Instead, he was seeking shelter for himself and others during the carnage, while those most (supposedly) qualified to help chose to stay outside and pace around aimlessly.

In addition, this young man chose to stick by his beliefs and principles of supporting individual rights and true civil liberties, which were undoubtedly put to the test in the face of adversity. This alone speaks volumes of his commitment and character.

Kyle decided to exercise his rights as a human being, and was harassed for it.

Interestingly enough, up until a few days ago, Kyle had never operated a live firearm. With his father’s approval and supervision, they went to a local South Florida gun range this past Friday (ironically while other students walked out of class, again, to advocate for the restriction of civili liberties…) where they tried a variety of guns, including a handgun and an AR-pattern rifle.

Surprisingly, or maybe not-so-surprisingly, Kyle was harassed by fellow students, and even more revoltingly, by school administrators and the Broward Sheriff’s Office, for exercising his human right to keep and bear (and operate) a firearm. Kyle decided to put his money where his mouth was and he wanted to educate himself about firearms, which is more than I can say for his more obstinate and psychotic classmates - you know the ones - and he was subject to personal and official harassment for it.

The details of the official harassment include civil rights violations by both the administrators of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the Broward Sheriff’s office. Kyle tells it thusly over at The Daily Wire:

Near the end of third period, my teacher got a call from the office saying I need to go down and see a Mr. Greenleaf. I didn’t know Mr. Greenleaf, but it turned out that he was an armed school resource officer. I went down and found him, and he escorted me to his office. Then a second security officer walked in and sat behind me. Both began questioning me intensely. First, they began berating my tweet, although neither of them had read it; then they began aggressively asking questions about who I went to the range with, whose gun we used, about my father, etc. They were incredibly condescending and rude.

Then a third officer from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office walked in, and began asking me the same questions again. At that point, I asked whether I could record the interview. They said no. I asked if I had done anything wrong. Again, they answered no. I asked why I was there. One said, “Don’t get snappy with me, do you not remember what happened here a few months ago?”

They continued to question me aggressively, though they could cite nothing I had done wrong. They kept calling me “the pro-Second Amendment kid.” I was shocked and honestly, scared. It definitely felt like they were attempting to intimidate me.

I was treated like a criminal for no reason other than having gone to the gun range and posted on social media about it.

The most obvious violation was that Kyle was denied his right to record his interactions with law enforcement. In Florida, the right to document the activities of public officials is recognized, regardless of where the encounter happens. And last time I checked, MSD High School is a public facility, so the right is doubly “reinforced” as it were. Furthermore, Kyle was intimidated by the presence of three armed men, who continually harassed him about his lawful activities and beliefs. In addition, I suspect that if Kyle chose to exercise his right to remain silent, his troubles would not have ended. I also surmise had he asked for legal representation, he would have been denied that right as well.

The ominous parallels between the behavior of the school administrators and the BSO officers and historical “state security” organs such as the KGB, the Stasi, as well as current ones like Russia’s ОМОН (basically Putin’s thugs), cannot be ignored. We will be asking the questions here!, eh comrades?

A School Has No Authority Over You Outside Of The Schoolhouse

Kyle participated in a lawful activity outside of school. In Florida, there’s no lower age limit for one to handle a firearm, though for those under 18 it must be done under the immediate supervision of an adult. Kyle was accompanied by his father to a licensed dealer of firearms with a attached shooting range. The whole time he was with his dad and several range safety officers. No laws were broken. The school was not involved in this activity in any way, but chose to involve themselves and summon (undoubtedly specific) officers of the Broward Sheriff’s Office to harass and intimidate this young man because he dared step out of line of the pop-culture progressive narrative of Orwellian collective groupthink and civilian disarmament.

The Cultural Implications

What’s sadly surprising to me is the cultural implications of all this. When I was growing up, if one of my classmates went out with his or her older relatives on a hunting/shooting expedition, it was regarded as something fun, cool, and interesting. We saw guns as a form of recreation, a tool to provide sustenance, and yes, as a form of self-defense. Even in Upstate New York, we knew what the Second Amendment was, and we appreciated it. Guns weren’t front-and-center, but they were “cool”. While I understand since then the media hysteria has fueled an anti-gun sentiment, it’s really just sad that apparently Orwellian groupthink and statism are cool now. Apple-polishing writ large. Rebellion used to be about sticking it to The Man, but apparently now kissing The Man’s ass (unless it’s drumpf orange man literally hitler…) is the cool thing to do.

The irony of the situation is that, again, government failed the kids in this and other situations, and now they are screaming for more government. Apparently they got in spades for the final quarter at MSD, as clear backpacks are required, and certain people see this as a civil rights violation. I don’t have any sympathies to be honest.

Nonetheless, what happened to Kyle this past Monday was a definite indication of how low the culture has sunk in certain areas of this country. Screaming at teachers, insulting people who don’t think like you - yeah, it’s all good in the progressive utopia, but if one exercises an enumerated right (any of them) - it’s time to gang up, recruit the government guys with guns, and attack.

It’s sad.

What We Can Do

There’s a few things going on right now. Firstly, the Broward Sheriff’s Office brass is under fire, specifically the top banana, Scott Israel. This week, the police union is conducting a vote of no-confidence in Sheriff Israel’s leadership. Since he’s taken office, he’s presided over a department fraught with declining morale and controversy after controversy. The bulk of the rank and file officers of BSO, all of whom are fine law enforcement officers despite the incompetence of the brass, have had enough. Just the move for a no-confidence vote is huge - in the entire history of Broward County, it has never happened with regards to the chief law enforcement officer. Good men like Al Lamberti did their jobs, and did it well. Scott Israel is nothing but a photo-op seeking hack with a badge and a gun, and the real cops in Broward are over it. If one of you fine officers is reading this, please support this vote of no-confidence. You have til Friday to register your vote electronically or at the union hall. I’m not a sworn officer so I’m not hip to the procedures, so the most I can do is encourage you all to do the right thing. A vote of no-confidence, while it won’t result in the direct dismissal of the Sheriff, will add much-needed fuel to the fire for the government of Broward County and Florida to enact his ouster. If anything it will be a severe black mark on the re-election prospects of this truly Dirty Democrat.

Also, we need to reach out to the administrators of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, specifically Principal Ty Thompson. Ty Thompson can be reached at:

ty.thompson@browardschools.com.

While I encourage everyone to email him promptly, please be polite but firm. Remember that when emailing a public employee or official, all communications are a matter of the public record and can be perused by just about anyone. Remember that despite everything, tensions are still high, and any slight misstep could be considered a threat and may be treated as such by the school and the attendant law enforcement agencies.

Also, it is worth bringing this matter to the attention of our legislators as well as other organizations of influence - you can do so at the following sites:

Florida Senate

Florida House of Representatives

Florida Governor Rick Scott

National Association of Secondary School Principals

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement

Second Amendment Foundation

Florida Carry

NRA Legal Defense

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