- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Waffle House hero is teaming up with The Parkland Kids.

James Shaw Jr., the man who wrestled a semi-automatic rifle away from the gunman shooting up a Tennessee diner, met over the weekend with several of the student activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“Meeting the young adults of the Parkland incident so much fire and inspiration in their eyes was a great joy,” Mr. Shaw posted on Twitter with a group photo.

Also in the group shot of more than a dozen youth were Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg.

In another tweet, Mr. Shaw called Miss Gonzalez “one of my heros.”

“Wow just, wow @JamesShawJr9 lots of work ahead but the young people will win,” Mr. Hogg wrote on Twitter along with a two-shot of him and Mr. Shaw, multiple hearts and the hashtag “YPWW.”

Mr. Shaw said it was “great meeting you all, let’s keep inspiring and bringing ppl together.”

TMZ, citing sources close to Mr. Hogg, said that the Parkland students drove to a Denny’s in Miami to “meet James because he’s a hero … they’re all hopeful to work with him in the future if the opportunity arises.”

Mr. Shaw has often been put up in recent weeks by Second-Amendment activists as a counterpoint to the Parkland students, as a man of action who did something substantive and at great personal risk to save lives.

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