University of Kansas Journalism Professor David Guth is not backing down from statements that he wants the children of NRA members murdered as a result of the Navy Yard shooting, prompting the Kansas State Rifle Association to call for his immediate termination:
On Sept. 16, Guth tweeted, “#NavyYardShooting 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.”
He later wrote, “God’s justice takes many forms.”
“I don’t take it back one bit,” he said. He elaborated on the issues on his personal blog called Snapping Turtle.
He said the NRA had blood on its hands and he didn’t care about any criticism he faced.
“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. Those fools don’t get it,” he wrote. “If the price of “security” is to turn every workplace into an environment that can erupt into a Dodge City-like shooting gallery with the slightest provocation, then we have really missed the point. There is no justification for the widespread sale of assault weapons, high-volume magazines or hollow-point bullets. In fact, their sale is a well-documented threat to national security. Enough is enough.”
Kansas State Rifle Association President Patricia Stoneking said Guth should not be teaching children.
“The KSRA will do everything possible to see to the removal of this man. He should be fired immediately. His statements are outrageous,” she said in a statement. “Any person with such a vile and contemptuous attitude who has influence over our children as a professor does should be immediately fired.”
She suggested that Guth’s rhetoric could influence a “mentally unstable individual.”
“It is one thing to engage in thoughtful dialogue and speak against something but it is quite another to incite violence,” she said. “This professor has obviously forgotten that it is human beings that commit crimes. Guns are inanimate objects and only human intervention causes them to be used in a criminal manner.”
Here’s a question for Kansas administrators and parents alike: How many KU students are the children of NRA members, and what sort of an educational environment is created by a man who publicly wishes for his students to die?