In an interview with The Daily Wire, a student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida said on Sunday that he thinks the media is politicizing the recent shooting at his high school instead of focusing on the students who lost their lives.
Brandon Minoff, who previously appeared on MSNBC and CNN to discuss the shooting, told The Daily Wire on Sunday that he thinks the media is using the shooting as an opportunity to push for gun control more than they are reporting the facts as neutral observers.
“I think it’s the media,” Minoff said, referring to whom he believes is promoting the gun control narrative in response to the shooting. “They exploit everything to make it political. They’re more concerned about gun control at this moment rather than the fact that there were 17 people that were killed.”
Minoff, who hopes to meet President Donald Trump to discuss the issue, said that he thinks there should be limits and restrictions on guns but is upset to see how the media is covering the tragedy.
“It pains me to see that knowing that 17 of my classmates are dead and they just want to talk about gun control,” he continued. “Students have opinions, they say stuff that they’re against guns, and that gun control is necessary, but they’re making it bigger than it needs to be at this moment.”
When asked if lawmakers should aim to pass more legislation to try to prevent tragedies like this from occurring in the future, he said that if lawmakers do pass legislation it needs to be something that is effective and “helpful” at fixing the situation, but added, “I don’t know how effective that is.”
“You can’t drink until you’re 21, but that doesn’t stop kids from drinking,” he noted. “I don’t know if there is a way to stop it. There is a way around anything.”
Minoff said that he “definitely” thinks that schools should have armed security guards, a comment he made while discussing football coach and security guard Aaron Feis, who was killed as he shielded students from the shooter.
“If coach Feis would have had a gun or any of the other security guards would have had a gun it definitely would have been less fatal,” he said. “[The shooter] and coach Feis were face-to-face and he just shielded kids instead of having the ability to kill the shooter.”