VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Gun Violence Activist Cameron Kasky Voices Disappointment With Biden: ‘Absolute Bulls–t!’
Anti-gun violence advocate Cameron Kasky called out the Biden administration’s action on gun control as “absolute b——t.”
Kasky, a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School mass shooting in 2018, was a co-organizer of the March For Our Lives, which attracted more than 1.2 million protestors at rallies across the country in 2018.
The events that led Kasky to become one of the gun control movement’s most-visible activists is portrayed in the the new documentary Us Kids by director Kim Snyder.
“We thought that that [march] was going to wind up doing anything,” the 20-year-old told uInterview Founder Erik Meers. “Suddenly we’re here with President Biden and a Democratic Senate and House and we are getting absolute bullshit gun laws from them. We are getting the most technocratic, basic popular stuff, and look that’s the Biden Presidency writ large.”
“But it was really cool at the time because we thought that that support from those people was going to get our government to do anything, and look that was back when the Republicans were in charge … I was a bit short-sighted, and I said, ‘Look, they’re going to see all these people take to the streets and they’re going to realize this is what America wants. Obviously if you’ve known politics for more than one year or more than one minute you know that’s not how that works.”
Kasky continued: “But the really pathetic thing to see is despite the fact that Democrats have the wheel right now in every regard, it’s looking like we’re getting the things from Biden that are like more than 50% popular with Republicans anyway.”
According to Kasky, the Biden administration is using moderate Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) “as an excuse to not do things.”
“You know we spent a lot of time, put a lot of our lives right into something, and now the political party that bolstered us up the whole time is massively undelivering and it’s pretty depressing and it’s very unfortunate to see,” Kasky said, “and I know that a lot of people in the gun violence prevention community are extremely disappointed with what we’re going to be seeing from the Biden administration, unless of course they get their act together, but you know, that’s being hopeful.”
Kasky explained that after the Marjory Stoneman Douglass shooting that left 17 dead, the students behind March For Our Lives didn’t come together through a “kumbaya hand-holding ceremony,” but through a common “vindictive” feeling.
“We very quickly came to the realization, almost instantly while we were still locked up in our school not knowing when we were going to get out, we came to the realization that this is a policy failure,” he said. “This mass shooting is simply a policy failure, and that means that there are people making these policies that need to be held accountable.”
“When your schedule goes from you know simply going to school, going home doing homework, seeing your friends to pure anarchy it’s going to throw you for a loop,” he said. “So, there wasn’t really some sort of calling where we all decided, ‘Let’s unify in this one moment.’ It all just came together.”
Us Kids will be in theaters and available on-demand starting on May 14.