Kyle Kashuv is a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, but his views are different from most of his peers who participated in the March for Our Lives rallies.
An estimated 200,000 people marched in favor of tighter gun restrictions in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, as part of a national and international movement prompted by the massacre at MSD. The movement was organized by victims who survived the mass killing.
On Sunday, Kashuv told CBS’ "Face The Nation" that he wants to see sensible solutions to prevent school violence. But he also firmly believes the Second Amendment must be protected.
"There's a silent minority at Stoneman Douglas who agrees with me completely," he said.
Does he believe his voice is being heard?
Kashuv said student voices like his are being shut out of the conversation.
“And what I saw at the march yesterday which really frustrated me is that I have a different point of view, but what really concerned me was that how come I wasn't invited to speak at the march because as Americans we all have different point of views. And it's important to represent them all equally," he said.
A ban on "assault weapons" and high capacity magazines will not solve the issue, Kashuv said. Instead, he blames the mass killing on law enforcement's failures to enforce already existing laws and practices.
“And I find it ironic that after all this and we've seen so many different government failures, we want to trust the government even more,” Kashuv said.
Are more guards the answer?
A possible solution is more armed guards in schools, he said.
The Marshal Program in Florida, for example, allows properly trained officers, veterans and unemployed veterans get training in protecting schools, Kashuv said.
Asked if he’d like to see more armed guards at his school, Kashuv said:
Absolutely. I mean we saw it Maryland. He stopped the shooter. He did his job and had the cowards of Broward done their job, I think that the count in Parkland would have been much lower. We saw that in Maryland that a good guy with a gun stopped the bad guy with the gun. The only way to stop an active shooter on campus is to have another person to eliminate him.
Kashuv said he he is concerned that lawmakers could enact laws that will hurt the American public at large.
“We have to make sure that the laws that we're enacting don't hurt America on a national scale," he said. “And that's why I think that we have to sit down with all members of this issue. Okay, sit down with me and David Hogg or Cameron Kasky and debate this and find a common middle ground because that's the only way that we're going to protect the American people."