Cameron Kasky, the co-founder of March For Our Lives, says we’ve seen a large amount of local gun control laws passed but not enough federal legislation, which he says matters more.
Kasky helped found March For Our Lives after surviving a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Bold TV caught up with Kasky at Anthony Scaramucci’s SALT Conference.
“Since the [Parkland] shooting, I’d say the conversation around gun control has changed. But we’ve gotten almost nothing when it comes to federal legislation passed. So much beautiful local legislation has been passed here,” he said. “We’ve had dozens and dozens and dozens — almost, probably about 100 laws now — that have passed. But the thing is, when it comes to gun control, even the strongest state law, it doesn’t matter unless we get federal legislation passed because you can take a gun between two states incredibly easily.”
He said “people are so apprehensive to take any real action” on gun control, despite the fact that a gun-related tragedy has so much “sensationalist value.” “When people see a school shooting, it’s like a car accident. They can’t look away,” Kasky said.
He told Bold TV, “The goal with all the activism after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas was for us to take this narrative that the media always pushes.” Kasky said that narrative is often a small town where “a nice, misunderstood boy was killing all these people” and that the victims will be miserable for years after the event.
“We wanted to flip that narrative,” he said. “We’re going to show you what we can do to fix this.”
When asked what policies he thinks will help, Kasky said, “There are clearly written-out plans. Eric Swalwell and Cory Booker have introduced such great policy. But I think people are afraid to approach it because a lot of people out there on both sides of the aisle love their guns. I’ve got guns in my house. You know, they’re a big part of our American identity.”
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