Mollie Hemingway: Survivors of Florida school shooting are "traumatized children" who are being used for "gun control agenda"
Hemingway: "They're children, not fonts of wisdom"
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From the February 20 edition of Fox News' The Story with Martha MacCallum:
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MARTHA MACCALLUM (HOST): One of the sort of more difficult conversations that has been happening around this, is the suggestion that some of these students' grief has been co-opted by groups who want to use this horrific situation to push their own way of thinking about guns. Mollie, what do you think about that?
MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: Yeah, there's been some unfortunate media handling of these traumatized children. They've used them as ways to enact what they always like to do, which is a gun control agenda. These children aren't forcing their ways on to CNN, town halls, or the cover of People magazine, media are choosing them to put there, and use them again as this means by which -- to shut down debate, and keep people from being able to have a conversation about gun control.
HEMINGWAY: Well, people on both sides of the aisle tend to use children to advance arguments. That's actually unsavory when either side does it. Traumatized children really should not be manipulated by adults at this time. Should they be heard, should they have their voices included? Absolutely. They shouldn't be put up as ways to shut down debate. These are not -- I mean, they're children, they're not fonts of wisdom.