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Weaponizing Our Kids

It didn’t take long to politicize the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, and Sheriff Scott Israel became household names in no time flat.

As darlings of the media, the trio’s itineraries have been filled to the brim with astonishing speed. But there is a reason Colton Haab, another a survivor of the Florida shooting, hasn’t enjoyed quite the same level of coverage.

Haab, a Junior ROTC cadet, protected his fellow classmates from the shooter. He is by every conceivable standard a hero, yet he is not the face of this burgeoning youth movement about which we’ve heard so much this week. Haab was instructed by CNN to write up a speech and some questions for the network’s recent “town hall” meeting in the wake of the shooting.

Haab did as instructed, much to CNN’s chagrin. Haab advocates employing veterans as armed security officers at schools across America and, well, that idea just didn’t jibe with CNN’s vehement anti-gun message.

“I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinion on my questions,” Haab said, adding, “CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted.”

*Read the full story in American Greatness.
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Pedro L. Gonzalez

Pedro L. Gonzalez

Pedro Gonzalez is assistant editor of American Greatness and a Mount Vernon Fellow of the Center for American Greatness. He is the editor of Shield Society.

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