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University of Kansas Journalism Prof wishes death on the children of NRA members

Posted by on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:20 PM
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Keep it classy on the taxpayer dollar.




A journalism professor at the University of Kansas (KU) turned to Twitter on Monday to suggest he would like to see the murder of children of National Rifle Association (NRA) members at the hands of a deranged gunman.

A journalism professor has defended tweets he sent out which called for the death of NRA employees children.

“#NavyYardShooting The blood is on the hands of the #NRA,” tweeted David Guth, who is an associate professor of Journalism at the university’s William Allen White School of Journalism.

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Speaking with Campus Reform on Wednesday, Guth confirmed it was he who sent the controversial tweet.

“Hell no, hell no, I do not regret that Tweet,” he said. “I don't take it back one bit.”

Guth also doubled down on the statement when other Twitter users pressed him, suggesting it was was shameful to call for the death of children.

“God’s justice takes many forms,” he tweeted in response. 

And on Monday the associate journalism professor echoed those sentiments on his personal blog, called Snapping Turtle.

“I don't wish what happened today on anyone,” he wrote. “But if it does happen again — and it likely will — may it happen to those misguided miscreants who suggest that today's death toll at the Navy Yard would have been lower if the employees there were allowed to pack heat.”

Also in his interview with Campus Reform, he said that he wished “a pox on our Congress and a pox on the NRA” for not instituting gun control policies to prevent mass shootings.

“It absolutely appalls me that after Newtown, we could not have come to some kind of sane agreement on something as simple as the number of bullets in a magazine or the availability of assault weapons,” he said.

Despite early rumors, the weapon used in the Navy Yard shooting was not an assault weapon, but a shotgun typically used for hunting small birds and wild game.

KU on Wednesday told Campus Reform that they stand by the professor's right to make such statements.

“Faculty have their own social media accounts and use those to express personal opinions, but those opinions do not represent the university,” spokesman Jack Martin wrote in an email statement to Campus Reform on Wednesday.

While Guth’s Twitter account is personal, his biography includes a link that directs to the school’s website.

“An Eastern Shoreman turned professor and historian,” reads his description. “A devoted husband, father and dog owner. Most important: an independent thinker.”

Official school policy demands all in the community adhere to a standard of “inclusive learning and working environment at the University of Kansas.”

Guth made his comments the same day as the massacre at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC which left 13 people dead including the shooter.

Guth also served as the associate dean of the journalism school from July 2004 to July 2009.

The NRA did not make a spokesperson available to Campus Reform at the time of publication.

Follow the author of this article on Twitter: @kctimpf



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by on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:20 PM
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Mommabearbergh
by Gold Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:23 PM
Well that was uncalled for on his part but people are allowed to say what they want regardless of how dumb it sounds. Smh
tanyainmizzou
by on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:24 PM

And he can lose his job for it.

Quoting Mommabearbergh:

Well that was uncalled for on his part but people are allowed to say what they want regardless of how dumb it sounds. Smh


-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:24 PM

That was uncalled for.

Let the NRA make their self look like asses all on their own.

Mommabearbergh
by Gold Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:25 PM
There are consequences to free speech good and bad.

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

And he can lose his job for it.

Quoting Mommabearbergh:

Well that was uncalled for on his part but people are allowed to say what they want regardless of how dumb it sounds. Smh


smalltowngal
by Platinum Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:26 PM

That is rather disturbing and would include my children he wishes dead. 

mommie_x0x
by Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:27 PM
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Whether they ban guns or not criminals will still find them somewhere, just like drug addicts.
Its.me.Sam.
by Silver Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:27 PM

yowsa.  what a loon.  very ugly words.

tanyainmizzou
by on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Plus an assault rifle wasn't used in this shooting.  He is just being an asshole with no information.

finnbar
by Bronze Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:28 PM
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If he used his personal tweeping and twapping to make oh I don't know, HATEFUL RACIST COMMENTS, does anybody think the university would be so blase?

I guess gun owners are't a protected class. Good thing we have our own means of protecting our kids.....
jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:29 PM

He needs to calm down.  And he'll probably loose his job.

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