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Parkland Shooting Survivor: Media Using Tragedy to Push Gun-Control Agenda

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A survivor of last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead, says that the media is "politicizing" the tragedy to push gun control.

Brandon Minoff, an 18-year-old senior, told Fox News that the media is using last Wednesday's deadly shooting for its own political purposes.

"I wholeheartedly believe that the media is politicizing this tragedy," Minoff said. "It seems that gun-control laws is the major topic of conversation rather than focusing on the bigger issue of 17 innocent lives being taken at the hands of another human."

"I know many people who are pro-gun and others who support gun control, but it seems that the media is specifically targeting those in support of gun control to make it seem as if they are the majority, and the liberal news outlets are the ones that seem to make the bigger effort to speak to these people, and I'm talking from experience," added Minoff, who CNN and MSNBC previously interviewed after the shooting.

Minoff was outside when the gunfire began, while his brother, Aiden, was inside. Minoff had a class with the alleged shooter, Nikolas Cruz, during his sophomore year.

Minoff said that he believes his classmates are well-meaning on both sides of the gun issue, while the media is not.

"After getting home Wednesday night, three hours after the shooting took place, sitting on the couch and putting on the news, it pained me to hear conversations of gun-control laws as I had just luckily escaped one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history," Minoff said.

"And all day Thursday, CNN was interviewing gun experts and specialists to brainwash the audience that gun control is a necessity," Minoff added. "They even have an army of my classmates trying to persuade other students that guns are unnecessary and should be illegal."

Many of Minoff's classmates traveled to Tallahassee on Wednesday to call for lawmakers to enact tighter gun restrictions.