A journalism professor at the University of Kansas decided to forgo offering condolences to the victims of the Navy Yard shooting and their families - and instead went on a tirade against the NRA. He tweeted that he wished death upon their families.
"The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you," tweeted Prof. David Guth, commenting on this week's mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC.
School officials issued statements condemning the tweet:
Ann Brill, dean of the journalism school: "While the First Amendment allows anyone to express an opinion, that privilege is not absolute and must be balanced with the rights of others... Guth's views do not represent our school and we do not advocate violence directed against any group or individuals."
Timothy Caboni, vice chancellor for public affairs at KU, called the comment "repugnant" and said in the same university statement, "Like all Americans, he has the right under the First Amendment to express his personal views and is protected in that regard. But it is truly disgraceful that these views were expressed in such a callous and uncaring way."
This isn't the first time the university has had to publicly rebuke Guth. In 2010, the school publicly censured Prof. Guth for "threatening and abusive behavior toward another faculty member."
But, Prof. Guth appears unrepentant.
Kat Timpf at Campus Reform reports that Prof. Guth is standing firm in his comment: "Hell no, hell no, I do not regret that Tweet," he said. "I don't take it back one bit."
Timpf also reported "Guth...doubled down on the statement when other Twitter users pressed him, suggesting it was shameful to call for the death of children. 'God's justice takes many forms,' he tweeted in response.
Guth told Timpf, "I don't wish what happened today on anyone...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."
Mr. Guth is obviously misinformed concerning his opinion that concealed carry hasn't been a deterrent against mass shootings. Buzzfeed, a left-leaning news site, published a piece on September 17 listing nine instances where people with concealed firearms prevented slaughter.
And, as the father of someone who was at the Navy Yard the day of the attack told MRCTV:"My son was at Marine Barracks -- at the Navy Yard yesterday - and they had weapons with them, but they didn't have ammunition. And they said, 'We were trained, and if we had the ammunition, we could've cleared that building.' Only three people had been shot at that time, and they could've stopped the rest of it
American people have the right to bear arms and should exercise those rights to the fullest. An armed citizenry is key to maintaining a free, liberty-centered society.
Lastly, it seems Mr. Guth is unaware that military installations, like the Navy Yard, are "gun-free" zones? It's odd given that he's a journalism professor, who obviously doesn't read. In all, gun control left those employees vulnerable to slaughter last Monday. I won't blame Clinton, the Democrats, or George H.W. Bush for supporting policies that keeps Americans disarmed. I'm not going to wish for their deaths either.
Editor's Insight: Does anyone else find it disturbing that, at the time of this post, the professor's tweet had been "Favorited" 25 times?
UPDATE: Campus Reform reports that Prof. Guth has been suspended by his university.