Florida school shooting survivor: Media using tragedy to push gun control

Marjory Stoneman Douglas high School, Brandon Minoff, said he was angry about the media coverage of the mass shooting, he told Fox News.

(Brandon Minoff)

A survivor of the deadly shooting at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who was previously interviewed by CNN and MSNBC after the mass shooting, told Fox News that he believes that certain media are politicizing the tragedy to push gun control.

Brandon Minoff, an 18-year-old senior, said the media chose to target gun control advocates instead of focusing on the 17 people who lost their lives on Wednesday to slaughter.

“I wholeheartedly believe that the media is politicizing this tragedy,” Minoff said. “It seems that gun control laws is the main topic of conversation instead of focusing on the larger issue of 17 innocent lives are taken in the hands of another human being.”

Minoff said students at the school are well intended and passionate on both sides of the controversial gun problem. At least 100 students of the school were expected to march in front of the State Capital in Tallahassee on Wednesday for stricter gun laws. Dozens of his classmates have voluntarily approached reporters and anchors to advocate for what they see as the solutions to stop the school shooting epidemic. But Minoff said that not all students at the school share the same attitude — but most of the coverage has ignored those who are in favor of gun rights.

“I know a lot of people who are pro-gun and others who support gun control, but it seems that the media is specifically aimed at the support of gun control to make it seem as if they are the majority, and the liberal news outlets are the ones that seem to be making the greater effort to speak with these people, and I speak from experience,” said Minoff, who was interviewed on cable news in primetime.

Minoff, who had a class with shooter Nikolas Cruz during his second year, was outside in the Cruz, started to shoot. Minoff’s brother, Aiden, was inside and heard the shots.



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But Minoff said as soon as the gunfire stopped, the control of the press began.

“After getting home Wednesday night, three hours after the shooting took place, sitting on the couch and turn on the news, it is painful to me to hear the conversations of gun control laws if I had just luckily escaped one of the most deadly school shootings in U.S. history,” Minoff said.

MSNBC’s Brian Williams asked Minoff what he would do as a legislature to stop school shootings. Minoff immediately responded that a ban on weapons just creates a higher demand for them, and carried the real issue is mental health reform.

The next day, Minoff said he watched CNN again focused on gun control, even if the shooter is disturbing mental health history — and missed warning signs — began to emerge.

A screenshot of the “march for Our Lives” the website with their mission.


“And all day Thursday, CNN was interviewing gun experts and specialists to brainwash the public that gun control is a necessity,” he said. “They even have an army of my classmates try to convince the other students that guns are unnecessary and should be illegal.”

Minoff said he supports the First Amendment rights of his classmates, but he believes that many of them are not aware about guns and just goes along with the perceived public opinion.

A makeshift memorial is seen outside the marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where the 17 students and teachers were killed.


He pointed to the “march For Our Lives” website the mission statement says: “We can not allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of firing an assault rifle to save the life of students.” But, he noted, an assault rifle is an automatic weapon, and there was not an assault rifle used in the Florida shooting — rather, Cruz was armed with an AR-15.

Like many of his classmates, Minoff wants to make changes so that this doesn’t happen again, and he hopes that he will meet with President Trump to discuss solutions.

Minoff supports a number of rules when it comes to the purchase of firearms, such as age, restrictions and more extensive background checks that the police reports, especially considering the police were called to the Cruz residence nearly 40 times before the shooting occurred.

“I would also talk about the importance of arming security guards and other trained people in schools,” he said. “The only armed person in the school, the SRO, was reportedly nowhere to be found in the time of the attack and it shows in the fact that Cruz managed to clear out of the school unharmed.”

He added: “At the same time, the [security guard] Coach Aaron Feis had a face-to-face altercation with Cruz and was not able to do anything but use his body to shield others. The definition of safety is ” the state of being free from danger or threat,’ but there is no freedom from danger or threat when the guards are unarmed.”

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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