In the wake of any high-profile shooting, one can expect to hear the clamor of radical leftists calling for an end to the National Rifle Association. The nonprofit advocacy group makes a convenient proxy for those whose real target is the Second Amendment.
While blaming a law-abiding group for the actions of a deranged individual is in itself a radical position, a University of Kansas journalism professor took the hyperbole to a new level of hatefulness.
Posting on his personal Twitter account, David Guth responded to this week’s deadly Washington, D.C., Navy Yard shooting by declaring that “blood is on the hands of the #NRA.”
Unsatisfied with merely castigating the bane of his existence, he continued: “Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you.”
When confronted about the outrageous call for child murder, Guth remained impenitent.
“I don’t take it back one bit,” he said.
Many parents have undoubtedly sent their children off to school, unaware that such a vindictive hatemonger would be leading classes. Unfortunately, both journalism and higher education have long been hotbeds of radical leftism. Considering Guth’s position, it is no surprise that his views are so reprehensibly polarizing.
The university issued an initial response to the controversy, chastising Guth’s comments but stopping short of suggesting he will face any professional consequences.
Our founders drafted the First Amendment to protect ignorant speech such as that contained in Guth’s tweet. It is more than disturbing, though, that someone in such an influential position would subscribe to the notion that gun rights activists should have their own offspring murdered. On the other hand, killing children seems to be a fairly common tenet of the modern, amoral left.
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