A professor apparently "disrupted the learning environment" at the University of Kansas with a tweet.
The NRA has disrupted America with its gun lobbying, but they're not "on leave." Wayne LaPierre has disrupted politics with his frequent, public, vile spew, but he's not "on leave." The consequences of their words and actions, all that shilling for the gun industry, have been tragic.
Mass murderers disrupt (read: end) lives but they're still out there, able to slaughter crowds with their semi-automatic weapons. The consequences of their actions have been tragic.
But a journalism professor didn't shoot a gun, he shot off his mouth and swiftly got silenced. He is now on indefinite administrative leave.
The NRA is still out there selling deadly firearms, and very little is being done to deny them their voices.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A University of Kansas journalism professor was placed on indefinite administrative leave Friday for a tweet he wrote about the Navy Yard shootings which said, "blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters."
David W. Guth, an associate professor of journalism, made the comment on Twitter after Monday's shootings in Washington, D.C., in which 13 people died, including the gunman. The tweet didn't attract much attention until Campus Reform.org posted a story Thursday, sparking a social media backlash that's spilled over into some state lawmakers calling for his dismissal.
Now personally, I don't agree with Guth's approach at all, but the point of this post isn't about the content of his tweet, it's about the backlash. Why isn't there an equally swift, equally effective response to those who actually contribute to cutting lives short?
Guth, who on Thursday told The Associated Press in a phone interview that his tweet "got a conversation going — that was exactly what I wanted to do," agreed Friday that the university's action was appropriate in light of email threats he and others at the university had received.
There are now calls for his dismissal, specifically by Kansas Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, a Republican who has received $2,500 in campaign contributions from the NRA since 2004.
And an NRA spokesman self-righteously declared, "This is hate speech. It is disgusting and deplorable. It has no place in our society."
But assault style/military style weapons with high capacity magazines that make it easy to mow down crowds but are unnecessary for hunting or personal protection do have a place in our society. Those aren't disgusting or deplorable at all. In fact, they're hunky dory.