Prof Who Accused NRA of Treason Apologizes; Says: ‘Freedom Best Served with an Armed Populace’

Taylor Knopf | June 3, 2013 | 2:32pm EDT
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In this Jan. 4, 2013, photo, handguns are displayed in the sales area of Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range, in Sandy Springs, Ga. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)

( – Marshall University Journalism Professor Christopher Swindell, who wrote in a recent commentary that the National Rifle Association (NRA) was guilty of treason and “worthy of the firing squad," is apologizing for his remarks, telling on Monday that he was “waaayyy too angry to comment on gun safety” and that he had learned that “American freedom is best served with an armed populace.”

In a June 3 e-mail to, Prof. Swindell said, “Here is my statement for the record.

"Marshall's views are its own. I spoke of myself only. But, most important, I was waaayyy too angry to comment on gun safety. I maligned decent NRA members rather than the fringe I was targeting.”

“I ask those people, most of whom are shocked, to forgive my position. I have recently learned from many decent commenters that American freedom is best served with an armed populace, unlike, say Mexico, where guns are banned. I never did like it when people messed up and didn't apologize. I don't want to be that person.”

He continued: “Would those folk accept the apology of a recent convert? Chris Swindell. One more thing. My anger was misplaced. I am out of line here, not for believing in gun safety, but for being a spokesperson for it.”

In a May 30 commentary published in The Charleston Gazette, Swindell had harshly criticized the NRA and expressed disappointment in Congress’ failure to pass some form of expanded background check legislation.

In the commentary, Swindell said, “the gun safety debate is B.S. This foaming at the mouth, Obama is coming for the guns, Nanny Bloomberg is a bad billionaire, and most despicable of all, those survivors and victims are pawns in the liberal agenda is knuckle-dragging Cretan talk.”

In this photo released by the White House, President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza)

“Here it is,” wrote Swindell.  “The NRA advocates armed rebellion against the duly elected government of the United States of America. That's treason, and it's worthy of the firing squad. The B.S. needs a serious gut check. We are not a tin pot banana republic where machine gun toting rebel groups storm the palace and depose the dictator.”

“We put the president in the White House,” Swindell wrote.  “To support the new NRA president's agenda of arming the populace for confrontation with the government is bloody treason. And many invite it gladly as if the African-American president we voted for is somehow infringing on their Constitutional rights.

“Normally, I am a peaceable man, but in this case, I am willing to answer the call to defend the country. From them.

“To turn the song lyric they so love to quote back on them, "We'll put a boot in your ---, it's the American way."

“Except it won't be a boot. It'll be an M1A Abrams tank, supported by an F22 Raptor squadron with Hellfire missiles. Try treason on for size. See how that suits. And their assault arsenal and RPGs won't do them any good.”

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