One of the survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has left the March For Our Lives gun control movement that grew out of that tragedy, according to the Miami Herald.
Cameron Kasky, who along with classmates David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez became one of the faces of gun control in America, said he was ready to move on from the group, but that his mind had been opened to different political perspectives in the process.
"...I met that person in Texas who got that semiautomatic weapon because that's how they like to protect their family," Kasky said on Fox News Radio on Wednesday. "I met the 50-some-odd percent of women who are pro-life, even though I thought it was preposterous that a woman could be pro-life and not pro-choice at the time.
"I learned that a lot of our issues politically come from a lack of understanding of other perspectives and also the fact that so often young conservatives and young liberals will go into debate...trying to beat one another as opposed to come to an agreement."
What's the big regret?
One of Kasky's most visible moments as a member of March For Our Lives was the town hall event broadcast on CNN, which was advertised as a forum to open a dialogue about gun issues and predictably devolved into emotional outbursts, finger pointing and grandstanding.
Kasky found himself face-to-face with Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, and he gave the audience a made-for-TV moment that was rebroadcast and retweeted for days to follow.
"Senator Rubio, it's hard to look at you and not look down the barrel of an AR-15 and not look at Nikolas Cruz, but the point is you're here and there are some people who are not," Kasky told Rubio during the town hall, before aggressively asking the senator if he would stop taking money from the National Rifle Association.
Kasky admits emotion got the best of him in that moment.
"I look back on that and I say, you know what, there were people who had just been buried and when you're looking at somebody that you find might in some way have been complicit in this murderer obtaining the weapon it's hard not to say something like that," Kasky said. "But, I went into that wanting less conversation and more to embarrass Rubio and that was my biggest flaw."
Kasky said his political views haven't changed, but he wants to use his platform now to help people have more civil and productive bipartisan discussions.
"I thought it was my responsibility to take all the things I was kicking myself for and to encourage others to avoid it," Kasky told Fox News Radio.