March for Our Lives Co-Founder Reflects on Past Mistakes, Decision to Leave Group

Cameron Kasky (center) with fellow Parkland student activists / Getty Images
• September 20, 2018 11:13 am


An organizer of the March for Our Lives said during an interview Wednesday that he has left the group’s board and expressed regret for what he says are past mistakes. Cameron Kasky, who survived the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, spoke to Fox News’ Guy Benson and Marie Harf about his activism and next steps.

Benson and Harf inquired asked Kasky about when he went after Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) at a town hall earlier this year. Kasky told Rubio it was hard to look at him "without looking down the barrel of an AR-15," after Rubio said he would continue to accept money from the NRA.

"I'm very regretful of a lot of the mistakes that I've made along the way. One of the things I never really did was watch myself," Kasky told Benson and Harf. "But, I look back on that and I say, you know what, there were people who had just been buried and when you're looking at somebody that you find might in some way have been complicit in this murderer obtaining the weapon, it's hard not to say something like that."

"But, I went into that [town hall] wanting less conversation and more to embarrass Rubio, and that was my biggest flaw," Kasky continued. He added he did not regret trying to put Rubio "on the spot," but that he would change how he questioned the senator.

"Do you think that if you could go back and do it again, would you maybe hold him to account without saying ‘it was like looking at the murderer, looking at [Rubio]?'" Benson asked.

"Certainly," Kasky said.

Kasky also talked about his current relationship with the March. "I left the March. I'm off the board. I left the organization," he said. "And if I thought that my friends and the people I worked with couldn't do it without me, I would not have done that, but alas all of our efforts looking forward looked like they didn't really need my involvement. And while I could have helped, it wasn't crucial."

"I felt like it was my responsibility to take all the things I was kicking myself for and encourage others to avoid them," he said on the decision to leave the board.

Moving forward, Kasky said he wants to promote bipartisanship, and discussed how he encountered people with different viewpoints during a March for Our Lives tour this past summer. "I met the 50-some-odd percent of woman who are pro-life, even though I thought it was preposterous that a woman could be pro-life and not pro-choice at the time," he said.

"I learned that a lot of our issues politically come from a lack of understanding of other perspectives and also the fact that so often young conservatives and young liberals alike will go into debate … trying to beat the other one as opposed to come to an agreement," Kasky said.

"I'm working on some efforts to encourage bipartisanship, or at least discussion that is productive, and help a lot of people avoid the mistakes that I made," he said.

Speaking at the March for Our Lives rally in March, Kasky called for stricter gun control legislation. He appeared on the cover of Time magazine earlier this year, along with fellow student-activists David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, Jaclyn Corin, and Alex Wind.

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