Instead, he hosted an livestream with conservative commentators who discussed their support of the Second Amendment.
“I truly believe this livestream — learning about our Constitution and finding ways to save lives without infringing on our Constitution — is the best way to sanctify the day and remember those who were lost in (the Parkland shooting) and in Columbine,” Kashuv told CNN. “I created this event to do just that.”
Kashuv has built a profile as the conservative alternative to the outspoken members of the #NeverAgain movement — fellow Parkland students David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez and Cameron Kasky. He’s been outspoken about his support for gun ownership while his classmates have called for more laws to be implemented in the wake of the shooting.
Speakers took turns talking about policy and their support of American citizens’ right to bear arms and offered statistics that countered gun control advocates’ arguments to enact gun control legislation. Some voiced their support for the National Rifle Association.
Kirk also offered other methods of reducing gun violence in schools, such as having more armed guards on American campuses or placing more metal detectors in schools.
Former US Rep. Joe Walsh said the Parkland shooter alone was responsible for the shooting, not guns.
“Whether he had a gun, a hammer, a bomb, whether he drove a pickup truck through the window of a classroom … He’s responsible for that act, not the gun, not the hammer and not the pickup truck,” Walsh said.
Kashuv weighed in on the school walkout on Twitter, calling it “pointless.”
Kashuv later told CNN he believed the livestream had been a success, and that he was honored by the commentators that chose to participate.