Kyle Kashuv

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Kyle Kashuv
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Kashuv at the 2018 Young Women's Leadership Summit
Born (2001-05-20) May 20, 2001 (age 17)
ResidenceParkland, Florida, U.S.
EducationMarjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Years active2018–present
Known forGun rights activism

Kyle Kashuv (born May 20, 2001)[1] is a survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, and activist. He has met with President Donald Trump, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and other politicians. Following the shooting, Kashuv received media coverage for his views on gun rights, prompted by two former White House aides and a conservative blogger who urged him to promote his message.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Kashuv's parents immigrated to the United States from Israel in the 1990s before he was born. He grew up in Parkland, Florida.[4] Kashuv considers himself to be politically conservative.[5]

Shooting and aftermath[edit]

Kashuv is a survivor of the February 14, 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. At the time of the shooting, Kashuv was 16 years old, attending his junior year.[6] Three weeks after the shooting, Kashuv spoke with first lady Melania Trump about a smart phone app he planned to develop which enables troubled teens to connect with fellow students to discuss emotional or mental problems.[7][8] In April, Kashuv said he was questioned by a Broward County officer and a school security officer after he posted a photo of himself posing with an AR-15 rifle, on his Twitter account.[9][10]

Washington, D.C. meetings[edit]

Kashuv with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in the Oval Office in 2018

Following the incident, Michael Gruen, an "influencer marketer", noticed Kashuv's posts on Twitter and approached Kashuv offering to help him get his message out. With the help of former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, and Daily Wire editor Ben Shapiro, meetings on Capitol Hill were set up for Kashuv.[6][4] During the visit, Kashuv met with President Trump, Melania Trump, and several other politicians including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senator Orrin Hatch. He met for a half-hour with the First Lady, discussing mental health.[4][3]

In April 2018, Kashuv met with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and discussed the Second Amendment.[11][12][13][14]

Gun rights views[edit]

Kashuv supports the bipartisan "STOP School Violence Act"[5] He favors improving school security and background checks for gun purchases.[4] He has advocated for schools to eliminate gun-free zones, and for policies allowing teachers and school staff to be armed.[15] He does not believe a ban on assault weapons or high-capacity magazines would eliminate mass shootings, instead "the cowards of Broward", referring to the Broward County Sheriff's Office deputy who did not go inside the school while the shooting was occurring.[16][17][18][19]

Kashuv said he agrees with fellow student activists David Hogg and Cameron Kasky "that this cannot happen ever again" adding that they differ on what specific policy measures are necessary. He said he felt frustrated that he was not invited to speak at the March for Our Lives event.[6][20][21]

Kurt Eichenwald boycotts[edit]

Kashuv and Ben Shapiro listed MSNBC's sponsors in reaction to a tweet in which Kashuv was attacked by Kurt Eichenwald. One sponsor, Proactiv, removed its MSNBC advertisements in response.[22][23] Eichenwald apologized to Kashuv, clarifying that he was not an MSNBC contributor at the time. Eichenwald has not been an MSNBC contributor since February 2018.[24][25]

Kashuv and Shapiro also pushed for a boycott of Vanity Fair following a series of emails he sent to Shapiro. Vanity Fair issued a statement saying that Eichenwald is not a contributor.[24][25][26]


  1. ^ "As of an hour ago, I'm only one year away from being able to legally (not in Florida) buy a firearm to protect myself and my future family!". Twitter. May 20, 2018.
  2. ^ "FL Shooting Survivor: David Hogg's Comments 'Egregious and Inflammatory'". Insider. Fox News. March 24, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Parke, Caleb (March 9, 2018). "Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv on meeting Trump, his app to prevent another school shooting". Fox News. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Zak, David (March 2, 2018). "A conservative Parkland student's whirlwind trip to D.C. ended in the Oval Office". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Gray, Sarah (March 15, 2018). "The House Passed a School Safety Bill While Students Walked Out of Class. Here's What's in It. And What's Not". Time Magazine. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Daugherty, Alex (March 13, 2018). "A conservative Parkland student helps set the agenda in Washington". Miami Herald. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  7. ^ Samuels, Brett (March 8, 2018). "Melania Trump meets with Parkland shooting survivor at White House". TheHill. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  8. ^ Sanchez, Luis (March 24, 2018). "Parkland student: Trump 'does care about stopping school violence'". The Hill. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "Parkland student claims he was interrogated by deputies for shooting AR-15 at gun range with his dad". ABC News. Associated Press. April 25, 2018. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  10. ^ Travis, Scott; Replgole, Josh; Kennedy, Kelli (April 25, 2018). "Parkland student Kyle Kashuv claims he was interrogated by deputy, school security after shooting AR-15 at gun range". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  11. ^ Lee, Tracy (April 6, 2018). "Parkland student tweets photo with Clarence Thomas, says SCOTUS judge told him Second Amendment "won't be touched"". Newsweek. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  12. ^ Morton, Victor (April 5, 2018). "Kyle Kashuv, Parkland student, says Clarence Thomas assured him 2nd Amendment safe". The Washington Times. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  13. ^ Bowden, John (April 5, 2018). "Parkland student: Clarence Thomas told me the Second Amendment 'won't be touched'". The Hill. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  14. ^ Leach, Katie (April 6, 2018). "Clarence Thomas tells Parkland survivor that the Second Amendment 'won't be touched'". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  15. ^ Garcia, Melissa (June 10, 2018). "School Shooting Survivor Rallies At National Western Conservative Summit". CBS4. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  16. ^ Tapper, Jake (February 24, 2018). "Sources: Coral Springs police upset at some Broward deputies for not entering school". CNN. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  17. ^ CBS News; AP (February 26, 2018). "Florida sheriff under growing pressure over handling of Parkland shooting". Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  18. ^ Nehamas, Nicholas (February 23, 2018). "'School shooter in the making': All the times authorities were warned about Nikolas Cruz". Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  19. ^ Brennan, Margaret (March 25, 2018). "Transcript: Parkland student Kyle Kashuv on "Face the Nation," March 25, 2018". CBS Face the Nation. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  20. ^ Tillett, Emily (March 25, 2018). "Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Kyle Kashuv calls for "common middle ground" on guns". CBS News. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  21. ^ Brennan, Margaret (March 25, 2018). "Transcript: Parkland student Kyle Kashuv on "Face the Nation," March 25, 2018". CBS News. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  22. ^ Tornoe, Rob (April 2, 2018). "It's official: Laura Ingraham will return to her Fox News show". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  23. ^ "Proactiv's Twitter Feed". Twitter. March 30, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  24. ^ a b Borchers, Callum (April 4, 2018). "So, what are the rules of engagement with the Parkland teens?". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  25. ^ a b Concha, Joe (April 3, 2018). "Vanity Fair distances itself from Kurt Eichenwald after journalist launches attack on Parkland student". The Hill. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  26. ^ "Vanity Fair, MSNBC: Kurt Eichenwald Doesn't Work for Us". The Daily Beast. April 3, 2018. Retrieved April 4, 2018.

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