Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Brandon Minoff gained national attention last week after he described what the suspect of the horrific mass shooting at his Florida school was like when they were classmates.
Minoff told CNN that former student Nikolas Cruz had a tendency to keep to himself but "once given the opportunity, he liked to talk.” Minoff’s brother Aidan also made national news for live tweeting about the shooting as he sat huddled under a desk.
The Minoff and Cruz had been assigned to do a group project together a few years ago, and Minoff said Cruz “always just seemed very quiet and strange.”
Now Minoff is blasting the mainstream media for politicizing the shooting by focusing so much on gun control. Indeed, the joint mantra from the Democrats, pop culture icons, and news media calling for more firearms restrictions and blaming the Florida shooting deaths on President Trump and Republicans has been deafening.
In an interview with the Daily Wire, Minoff said he finds the media to be the loudest voice in the outcry and added that "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."
He continued, "It pains me to see that knowing that 17 of my classmates are dead and they just want to talk about gun control. 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."
Last week, former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz encouraged a group of students to start chanting, “No more guns! No more guns!”
Minoff expressed doubt that more laws controlling who can purchase guns will be effective, pointing out that, "You can’t drink until you’re 21, but that doesn't stop kids from drinking. I don’t know if there is a way to stop it. There is a way around anything."
He offered armed security guards at schools as a better solution and talked about football coach Aaron Feis, who did double-duty as the high school’s security guard but wasn’t armed. Feis died when he used his body as a shield to protect students.
"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. [The shooter] and coach Feis were face-to-face and he just shielded kids instead of having the ability to kill the shooter," Minoff concluded.
During an interview with MSNBC, anchor Brian Williams asked Minoff a very leading question about what he would do to stop these types of shootings if he was a lawmaker.
Without missing a beat, Minoff told Williams, “Gun-wise, I don’t think there’s any way to prevent it. You outlaw guns, it just creates higher demand for it. I think it has to do with mental health, though.”
What do you think of this? In related news, the gun store that says it sold Cruz the AR-15 he reportedly used is speaking out.