Austin is a right wing stooge
Of course he is. But if those factoids are correct, and the Parkland kids are being funded and advised, then you must be aware that there is a fine line between “being funded and advised” and “anti-gun organizations using dead teenagers to advance a political objective.”
The headline suggesting the students are lying to us
We agree that the headline is inaccurate. I have no doubt that the kids who have turned anti-gun because of this are sincere. But we don’t look to high school kids for wise guidance on constitutional issues, either, and if their emotions are being fanned by political forces for political gain, then that is part of the story.
And, to your point about “slagging” (interesting word), if the NRA-aligned forces can impune the integrity of the kids because of these associations, then they can kill this activism in the bud. That wouldn’t have happened if the kids had stayed unaligned.