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Kansas professor issues death wish upon children of NRA members

Kansas professor issues death wish upon children of NRA members

This article originally appeared on watchdog.org.

OSAWATOMIE — The University of Kansas took swift action to punish and condemn a journalism professor who issued a death wish upon the sons and daughters of National Rifle Association members following the deadly Navy Yard Shooting this week.

In a statement released Friday morning, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announced that associate professor of journalism David Guthhad been placed on indefinite administrative leave, pending a review of the situation, to “prevent disruptions to the learning environment for students.”

Guth vented on his personal Twitter account in response to the death of 13 individuals following a shooting spree at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday. He placed the blame squarely on members of the NRA, and hoped children of gun rights supporters would find themselves in the line of fire next time.

Guth vented on his personal Twitter account in response to the death of 13 individuals following a shooting spree at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday. He placed the blame squarely on members of the NRA, and hoped children of gun rights supporters would find themselves in the line of fire next time.

 

KU officials issued sharp rebukes of Guth’s comments Thursday.

“The contents of Professor Guth’s tweet were repugnant and in no way represent the views or opinions of the University of Kansas,” said Tim Caboni, vice chancellor for public affairs at KU. “Like all Americans, he has the right under the First Amendmentto 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. We expect all members of the university community to engage in civil discourse and not make inflammatory and offensive comments.”

The Lawrence Journal-World reports:

Guth, in an interview on Thursday, said, “I did not advocate violence against anybody.” He said he was, instead, trying to make gun advocates see shootings like the one at Navy Yard from the point of view of the victims and their families. “I was getting tired of hearing comments in the media and Twitter that, ‘Gee, this wouldn’t have happened if the office staff at the Navy Yard had been armed,” he said.

As for the “May God damn you” comment, Guth said: “I think they are on the wrong side of the angels on this issue. I wasn’t cursing them. I was stating that I would like to see God put judgment on them.”

University officials have not clarified whether Guth will continue to receive pay while on leave. According to KansasOpenGov.org, last year Guth was paid $90,139.92.

Contact Travis Perry at [email protected], or follow him on Twitter at @muckraker62.

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