Parkland teen who promoted gun rights at Jackson was reportedly recruited by White House officials, right-wing blogger

Mar 01, 2019

The survivor of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that took the lives of 17 of his classmates last year was reportedly encouraged to spread his belief in the right to own guns by an “influential marketer” working with former officials inside the Trump Administration.

Kyle Kashuv, a 17-year-old who should be in his senior year at Stoneman Douglas High School, has been on a national tour to share his anti-government message to chapters of Turning Point USA, a group that promotes individual rights, limited government, fiscal responsibility, free markets and capitalism, according to information obtained from Fox News.

He has become the director of high school outreach program for TPUSA, delivering his message on gun rights and big government to friendly crowds across the country.

The teen addressed an estimated crowd of 400 at Jackson High School on Tuesday, Feb. 19, promoted by flyers distributed at the Mill Creek campus that promised a personal perspective from a Parkland survivor. TPUSA is the newest club on the Mill Creek high school campus, according to Jackson principal Dave Peters

According to reports obtained from Fox News, Kashuv was approached by “influential marketer” Michael Gruen three weeks after the Valentine’s Day shooting spree in 2018 that sparked a national debate on gun control. Gruen allegedly contacted Kashuv after reading his posts on social media that advocated the right to own guns and the need for smaller government.

Gruen reportedly set up meetings for the teen to confer with former House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, which in turn led to a 30-minute meeting in the White House with President Trump and his wife Melania, as well as one-on-one sessions with former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Utah Sen. Orin Hatch.

The Florida teenager also had a private meeting with conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in April 2018, according to Fox, to discuss ramifications of the Second Amendment.

Later that same month, Kashuv was questioned by the school security officer at Stoneman Douglas and law enforcement in Browdard County after he posted a photo of himself on Twitter posing with an AR-15 assault rifle.

 

--Dan Aznoff

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