Ever since the horrific Parkland school shooting on Valentine’s Day, the mainstream media has been beating the drum of the far-left gun grabbing narrative, even invoking the names of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy in 2012. But there is at least one person, Joseph “JT” Lewis, who is not happy about his six-year-old brother’s name being used to strip people of their Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
JT Lewis’ brother, Jesse Lewis, was murdered on that fateful day when a madman stormed the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and killed 20 children and six adults. Jesse’s story was even more touching because of how he died. The six-year-old was helping other children get to safety when he was shot and killed.
Mad World News reporter Carmine Sabia spoke with JT Lewis on Wednesday and got his take on the current push to use school shootings to limit the Second Amendment, and his opinions are not what the gun grabbers want to hear. While Lewis commended the Parkland students for coming out and speaking to the issues, he made it known that he disagrees with their ideas for gun control.
“I disagree with a lot of what they are saying,” Lewis said. “First of all, I do support the Second Amendment. I think it’s important to own a gun. “Some of my family members have owned guns their entire lives, and it’s important. It’s in the Constitution,” he said.
Lewis explained that, since the Sandy Hook shooting, security has been increased at all Newtown schools. Something he called a good “short-term solution.” A more long-term solution, he said, is the “walk up not walk out” initiative.
“You go and you talk to that kid who sits alone in school. That kid who is obviously suffering, and you try to make friends with him, you try to give him a friend,” Lewis said. “Sometimes, that’s all they need is just some connection with other people.”
He is also a fan of President Donald Trump’s idea of arming properly trained teachers. “I know that’s a great deterrent,” he said. “If you’re a kid going into school and you’re going to try to shoot up the place and there are guns inside the school, you’re not going to do it. It’s a perfect deterrent.”
As for what is causing school shootings, Lewis put more blame on the media than on the weapons. “They give them airtime constantly after a shooting for months and they put their picture all over and that is a great way to create another school shooter,” he said.
Off camera, Lewis mentioned the fact that the majority of gun deaths are actually suicides, a fact negated by many who use the statistics to push for more stringent gun control. And while he said some restrictions on gun ownership make sense, he chastised those who take an all or nothing approach.
“There does have to be a limit, but you cannot take away people’s rights for no reason,” he said. “I see a lot of these Parkland kinds, kids all over and adults, they want the perfect bill. They’re not going to settle for anything less and that is not a great way to come to the negotiating table. You have to have an open mind. You’re not going to get everything in one bill,” he said.
“The ‘Stop School Violence Act’ which passed recently and was signed by President Trump, it’s a great starting step. It’s not everything. Some of these people say ‘it’s all or nothing’ and that is not a great way to look at this,” he added.
Right after the Sandy Hook tragedy, at the age of 12, Lewis turned his pain into hope by starting Newtown Helps Rwanda after he spoke to survivors of the Rwandan genocide. He said that they helped to give him strength to know that someday things would get better for him and his family.
Lewis’ repaid that kindness by, first, raising enough money to send one of his new Rwandan friends to college. And in the five years since, his organization has raised enough money to help many more people in Rwanda, Uganda, Haiti, and the United States.
Now, at the age of 17, Lewis would love a chance to talk to President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and other lawmakers to help find ways to protect children and keep our Constitutional rights. And, he said, he sees politics in his future.
“I’m counting down the days until my 25th birthday. I’m going to run then,” he said. Considering what he has accomplished already, we believe him.