Adults who prostitute traumatized teenagers to advance their political agenda should be ashamed of themselves, and those at CNN who do it should be fired. Last night, moderator Jake Tapper looked on silently as Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Cameron Kasky compared Sen. Marco Rubio to a mass child murderer. Kasky prefaced his ignorant attack on the National Rifle Association by saying, “Senator Rubio, it’s hard to look at you and not look down the barrel of an AR-15 and not look at [shooter's name], but you’re here.” Such vile calumny would ordinarily demand censure even from the Democrat operatives of CNN. But by broadcasting their indefensible political views from the mouths of unassailable teenage survivors of a mass shootings, CNN inoculates Democrat talking points from criticism.

It’s little wonder that CNN, which regularly draws moral equivalence between Hamas and the terrorists’ victims, would find nothing wrong with using children as human shields. Former CNN host Piers Morgan’s demagogic baloney didn’t survive the Shapiro meat grinder during the network’s last major push from control. So in the wake of last week’s Parkland shooting, the network has focused all of its programming on broadcasting the adolescent survivors themselves. Other left-wing networks and publications have rebroadcast those segments, and Twitter has awarded the most outspoken left-wing students blue checkmark endorsements.

Conservatives should be undeterred by this trick, rendered all the more transparent by a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student enrolled in the ROTC program, Colton Haab, who alleges that CNN told him to read a scripted question during their slanderous broadcast. CNN is now calling that student a liar — because we must listen to the children except when what the children say is inconvenient for CNN. Without falling into Democrats’ trap and stooping to attack the ignorant teenagers themselves, conservatives should aim their criticism squarely at the craven adults who exploit them.

CNN so desperately seeks to manipulate its audience’s emotions because the facts uniformly refute its gun-grabbing agenda. No gun control law proposed in recent years would have prevented this massacre. Over 98% of mass shootings occur in “gun-free zones,” according to the Crime Prevention Research Center. According to the FBI, twice as many people are killed annually by hands and feet than by rifles of any kind, including the dread Armalite (AR) 15. Two-thirds of annual gun deaths are suicides, mostly by middle-aged men. Gun homicides in the United States have declined by almost 50% since 1993.

The gun-grab laws advocated by CNN would deprive Americans of their constitutionally-protected civil rights and not save one single life. Conservatives should respond without mercy. CNN impugns our motives and tactics; let’s relentlessly expose theirs. Conservative commentators should boycott the network. Those who do appear should, during each and every segment, remind viewers of last night’s exploitative, calumnious broadcast. They should call on those responsible for dishonest display to be fired. We should never miss an opportunity to remind our countrymen that the gun-free zones advocated by CNN demonstrably imperil children’s lives. Let’s not accept their dishonest premises, and let’s never miss an opportunity to strike. CNN has descended to a new, hideous low in its battle against conservatives. Let’s not bring a knife to a gunfight.