You’ve got to give Cameron Kasky credit. Like David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, and other teenage survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, Kasky was on the front lines calling for new laws that would take guns away from American citizens. He was right there sitting beside Hogg on Bill Maher’s HBO program, spouting the same anti-Republican, anti-constitutional blather that his friend has become known for. And he was right there with the rest of them, launching the March For Our Lives in Washington and around the country.
But despite these teenage follies, Kasky – quite unlike his compatriots – has had a change of heart.
In an interview with Fox News Radio this week, Kasky explained that he’d learned a lot over the past four or five months that had caused him to rethink his anti-gun activism and the way he allowed the media to use him as a mouthpiece in the weeks after the shooting.
“I’m very regretful of a lot of the mistakes that I’ve made along the way,” Kasky conceded. “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.”
For that simple statement alone, Kasky deserves a hell of a lot of credit. There’s plenty of adults running around today who could not make a similar confession. One of the wisest realizations you can make in your life is that you don’t know nearly as much as you THINK you know. That your opinions about any given subject are just that: Opinions.
Interestingly, it was Kasky’s experiences on tour with the anti-gun crowd that began to convince him that there was more to the debate than his friends (or the mainstream media) were willing to admit.
“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,” he recalled. “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.”
Have to say, this is impressive coming from a kid who was every bit as smug as any teenager you’ll ever meet just a few short months ago. It takes some significant growth to admit that you were wrong – especially when you’ve been wrong on such a public stage. And especially still when you have people all around you telling you how right you are. That’s really something, and we have to say that our respect for this kid just went up a thousandfold.