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March 06, 2018

Two Parkland Survivors Announce Intent to Sue Sheriffs, School System; Plus: Media Not Interested In Interviewing Pro-2nd Amendment Survivor

Sue, little ones -- sue like the wind.

Sue the FBI while you're at it.

Anthony Borges is considered one of the heroes of the Parkland shooting. The 15-year-old was shot twice in the torso and three times in the legs while trying to lock a door and protect other students. He then helped save his own life, using the knowledge he learned as a Boy Scout to create a tourniquet to slow his own bleeding. Yesterday, an attorney hired by the Borges family announced it would file a lawsuit against the school system and Broward County Sheriff's Office. From USA Today:

"The failure of Broward County Public Schools, and of the principal and school resource officer to adequately protect students, and in particular our client, from life-threatening harm were unreasonable, callous and negligent," attorney Alex Arreaza says in the letter. "Such action or inaction led to the personal injuries sustained by my client."

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Meanwhile, the Sun-Sentinel reports that a second Parkland shooting victim also announced plans to file a lawsuit this week...

A lawsuit is absolutely necessary to bring the necessary attention to this insane policy of not involving police when students attack or threaten other students, to make sure they graduate without a record.

By the way: This is totally unnecessary. Youth convictions are sealed and can be expunged upon maintaining majority; however, in the meantime, that black mark can keep them from buying guns (legally), as it should.

In fact, if a "youth" is convicted of a violent crime, I wouldn't mind him having a probationary red flag on his ability to buy guns, even if his record is formally expunged. Let him prove his status as law-abiding, non-violent citizen for five years after expunging his record before he gets his gun rights back.

Meanwhile, a Parkland survivor who supports the 2nd Amendment wants to tell his story-- but for some reason, the media isn't interested.

Maybe George Clooney's publicists just aren't around to set up round-the-clock media hits for him. Or maybe it's because he's not pushing the line that the media wants to push.

[Kyle Kashuv] has a lot to say but can't help but wonder aloud if many in the mainstream media have any interest in listening. Some of his schoolmates have gained prominence as television mainstays in the aftermath of the killings, their opinions validated with verified social media statuses, amassing millions of followers in the process. Kashuv is just as much a Parkland survivor as now-familiar names like David Hogg and Cameron Kasky, yet his views have only garnered limited attention.

I ask him why he thinks that's the case. "I don't know," he says, hesitantly. "Maybe because I don't use inflammatory language. I speak calmly and logically without much emotion. I don't necessarily make the very best headline." He's politely referring to some of his more "famous" peers' propensity to launch provocative and partisan attacks, such as repeated assertions that people who disagree with their political or policy preferences "don't care" about dead children, or have 'blood on their hands.' But Kashuv knows that the disparate treatment he's lived isn't merely attributable to stylistic differences; he's convinced that the substance of his views is what has diminished his appeal to many activists and journalists.

"I'm a very strong Second Amendment supporter and I will continue to be throughout this entire campaign." he tells me. "As of right now, my main goal is to meet with legislators and represent to them that there are big Second Amendment supporters in our community. Through this entire thing, my number one concern has been making sure that the rights of innocent Americans aren't infringed upon."

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Kashuv counts himself as a believer in the 'Never Again' cause, but feels ostracized and ignored by those -- including students and the adults supporting them -- who disagree with his conservative politics....

He wasn't invited to participate in CNN's raucous and emotional town hall meeting in the wake of the shooting, watching it instead on television along with the general public (he says some of the pro-gun control students who traveled with him in Tallahassee were flown back for the event).

Jake Tapper, what a delight. Whatever else we do, the TruCucks must keep praising this former Salon reporter and former spokesman for Handgun Control, Inc.

Because he retweets them and flatters them with very low-level attention. On Twitter.

Why, it's almost like you become a TV Star yourself when Jake Tapper retweets you!


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