This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, April 27, 2018:
When Kyle Kashuv, one of the more prominent figures in the ongoing debate about what to do to reduce high school mass shootings, went to a shooting range with his father last Friday, the first thing he did was post some pictures and some pro-Second Amendment comments on Twitter.
He should have known better. With the pain still fresh from the massacre that took place there on Valentine’s Day, he shouldn’t have been surprised at the response. A few of his fellow students at Marjory Stoneman High School took umbrage and reported his Twitter pictures and comments to school authorities. Kashuv explained what happened next:
Near the end of third period, my teacher got a call from the office saying I need to go down and see a Mr. Greenleaf. I didn’t know Mr. Greenleaf, but it turned out that he was an armed school resource officer. I went down and found him, and he escorted me to his office. Then a second security officer walked in and sat behind me. Both began questioning me intensely. First, they began berating my tweet, although neither of them had read it; then they began aggressively asking questions about who I went to the range with, whose gun we used, about my father, etc. They were incredibly condescending and rude.
Then a third officer from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office walked in and began asking me the same questions again. At that point, I asked whether I could record the interview. They said no. I asked if I had done anything wrong. Again, they answered no. I asked why I was there. One said, “Don’t get snappy with me, do you not remember what happened here a few months ago?”
They continued to question me aggressively, though they could cite nothing I had done wrong. They kept calling me “the pro-Second Amendment kid.” I was shocked and honestly, scared. It definitely felt like they were attempting to intimidate me.
I was treated like a criminal for no reason other than having gone to the gun range and posted on social media about it.
Putting aside that his explanation sounds like a spoiled high school kid who has had way too much public media attention (some conservatives have considered Kashuv as the “anti-David Hogg”) and has publicly bragged that he expects to graduate first in his class from Margery Stoneman next year, he should have known that, under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution he had the right to have an attorney present during the “interview.”
This is important to know, as Kashuv has gotten publicity for helping Florida Senator Marco Rubio craft at least three bills that would seriously violate the Fourth Amendment. Hogg, as the poster child for the March for Our Lives protest movement, has been embraced by the anti-gun media, while Kashuv is still smarting from not being invited to address the group. Hogg wants to infringe on Americans’ Second Amendment rights while Kashuv wants to infringe on their Fourth Amendment rights.
Here are three of the bills that Kashuv and Rubio are supporting:
The STOP Act – the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act – that is, according to Rubio’s website, “going to give federal money to school districts in states all across the country to be able to identify someone before they act [shades of Minority Report], someone who is a threat, so we can get out ahead of it and prevent them from doing something … terrible.”
The bill permits grants to fund evidence-based programs and practices to:
Train students, school personnel, and local law enforcement to identify warning signs and intervene to stop school violence before it happens;
Improve school security infrastructure to deter and respond to threats of school violence, including the development and implementation of anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence;
Develop and operate school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams; and
Facilitate coordination between schools and local law enforcement.
The bill would authorize $75 million for FY 2018, and $100 million annually for the next ten years.
The NCIS Denial Notification Act – which would, according to Rubio’s website, fix the loopholes in the background system that allegedly allowed the Parkland shooter to slip through and commit that atrocity. From Rubio’s press release:
The Parkland shooter was able to carry out this horrific attack because of multi-systematic failures. While we work to ensure that our background check system contains the critical information necessary to be able to conduct an effective background check, we must also ensure that federal and state authorities are successfully communicating with one another when it comes to dangerous individuals and their attempts to acquire firearms.
The NICS Denial Notification Act would not only require federal authorities to flag background check denials for state-level authorities, it would also hold these federal officials accountable. This would be a strong step forward in preventing future tragedies.
The “Red Flag” bill – the Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act – which Rubio says “will encourage states to give law enforcement the authority to prevent individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others the ability to purchase or possess firearms, while still providing due process protections.” Rubio explains how the Fourth Amendment will be ignored with this bill:
Basically the police or a family member who thinks someone is dangerous can go to court. They can get a court order, and they can take that person’s guns away and keep them from buying new ones.
Rubio fails to mention that the court will not hear from the suspect nor allow him to present his own defense. Neither will the suspect be informed of the motion until after the fact nor be confronted with his accuser(s). So much for “providing due process protections.”
And so much for Kyle Kashuv being the anti-David Hogg, pro-Second Amendment figurine in the conversation. Hogg wants to violate the Second Amendment. Kashuv is working to violate the Fourth.
Often, friends are more dangerous than enemies.