If you did a search of this site, you’d notice that I have never done a single post about the pro-Second Amendment teenager from Parkland.
No offense to the kid, but as I explained long before he became the darling of the 2A Crowd, I don’t give two craps what a teenager has to say. Especially when it comes to my unalienable rights.
In my column If high school kids want to run my life, let them pay my bills, I explained:
Handing the debate on guns over to people without impulse control, emotional control or judgment has got to be the stupidest idea since Hillary Clinton said, “Wisconsin? Meh.”
But as soon as our side got “Our Teenager,” the same people who felt exactly as I did suddenly went all-in for what this kid was saying.
Now, I’ll concede that he’s certainly a well-spoken young man compared to the snotty, vulgar little punks Michael Bloomberg is backing.
But he is still a teenager – impulsive, emotionally driven, and without the judgment that comes with maturity.
So, no. I don’t give him a platform here. If other sites want to promote him, fine. It’s a free country; knock yourselves out.
But this whole thing smacks of “Well oh yeah? Our teenager is better than your teenager!”
Consider the fact that there is now a push to get Damien Hoggie to debate “Our Teenager.”
Before “Our Teenager” burst on the scene, we were all saying teens shouldn’t be the ones deciding the fate of our Second Amendment.
So why do we want to watch these two fight it out in some sort of grudge match?
Are we that starved for entertainment?
Listen, if I want to see two guys in a smack-down, they should be well-muscled, mature men – preferably covered in oil, and ideally Marines.
But that’s me.
Retweet if you want to see a David Hogg vs. Kyle Kashuv debate.
— Ben Shapiro 2024 🇺🇸 (@Shapiro_2024) March 30, 2018
Um. No thank you.
I had no interest in watching high schoolers debate when I was in high school. Why would I want to watch it now?
They. Are. Children. https://t.co/QgjIOWkBrR
— Dianny 🇺🇸 (@DiannyRants) April 1, 2018
Did we learn nothing from the CJ Pearson debacle?
You remember CJ.
He was that plucky little tween who made YouTube videos calling out Barack Obama. He was a staunch Ted Cruz supporter. And right-leaning websites couldn’t get enough of the kid.
Then, because he’s a teenager without a fully-formed frontal lobe, his lack of self-control coupled with his hunger for attention got the better of him.
He claimed President Obama blocked him on Twitter.
And it was exposed as a lie.
I admit, I fell for it – as did many other right-leaning sites.
Two months after CJ’s lie was exposed, he officially disavowed conservatism.
But of course he did. Probably because Conservatives suddenly became suspicious of the kid.
CJ claimed that his decision was based on the shooting of LaQuan McDonald in Chicago.
In a statement explaining his decision, CJ said, “I’m not interested in being a champion of a cause that turns a blind eye to racial discrimination and police brutality in America.”
What did we expect him to say?
It isn’t like he was going to give the real reason: ”The conservatives exposed me as a fibber and now they aren’t paying attention to me!”
Within no time, CJ was embraced by Black Lives Matter “hacktivist” Deray McKesson.
A couple weeks later, CJ came out as a Bernie Bro.
On December 9, 2015, CJ sent out this tweet (which he has since deleted):
At the time, I asked this question: What’s next: Claiming to be transgendered?.
I was wrong. CJ didn’t become a transgender (yet).
Instead, he hopped aboard the Trump Train.
My guess is, his decision to support Trump probably happened around the time the Bernie Bros stopped paying attention him.
Which I kind of knew was coming:
Eventually, the Bernie people will grow tired of his incessant need for attention. I suppose when that happens, CJ may be desperate enough to seek more extreme measures to get his publicity fix. Perhaps claiming to be transgendered?
By the time CJ became a Trumper, I was already so sick of him, I just rolled my eyes and ignored him.
But this is what happens when we shove a teenager into the spotlight.
They’re children – motivated by the basest of human needs. Specifically, “I want what I want when I want it.”
Now, I’m not saying “Our Teenager” is going to turn into the next CJ Pearson.
That’s not my point.
My point is, teenagers are not developmentally capable of dealing with being in the national spotlight. Why do you think so many child stars’ lives turn into a train wreck?
This push to get “Our Teenager” to debate “Their Teenager” is the worst kind of voyeuristic exploitation ever.
If it’s wrong for CNN to exploit these anti-gun kids, then it’s wrong for us to do it with “Our Teenager.”
Now don’t get me wrong. Young master Kyle has every right to speak up and exercise his unalienable to free speech. And I’m glad that he seems to do research and takes the time to educate himself.
But when it comes to something as fundamental as our unalienable right to self-defense and the preservation of the Second Amendment, the last person we should promote as our spokesman is a child.
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