A University of Kansas journalism professor is standing by the shocking tweet he sent Monday as events unfolded at the Washington Navy Yard, saying he hopes the children of National Rifle Association members — “those misguided miscreants” — are killed in the next mass shooting.
Associate professor David Warner Guth, who holds a master’s degree in journalism and is paid to educate our children, tweeted:
— David Guth (@DWGuth) September 16, 2013
Before the nation knew any facts about what transpired at the Navy Yard, Guth took to his personal blog exercising his First Amendment right by attacking fellow Americans’ Second Amendment right, saying in part:
The blood spilled today is on the hands of the National Rifle Association. I don’t care how the NRA tries to spin this. One fact is undeniable: The NRA has championed a gun culture that is shredding our nation’s moral authority like armor-plated bullets ripping through flesh. Is that imagery too graphic for you? It is no worse than what we are seeing every night on our television screens. Do our citizens have a right to bear arms? Certainly, that’s what the Constitution says. But as it is with every other right enumerated in the Bill of Rights, there are limits. A person’s right to go about his or her job at the Navy Yard – or for that matter to attend an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut – trumps any individual’s right to stockpile weapons of mass destruction in the name of personal freedom. 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.
Though outraged Twitter users criticized Guth, this self-described “husband, father, dog owner and independent thinker” defended his words Monday, tweeting, “God’s justice takes many forms.”
“Hell no, hell no, I do not regret that Tweet,” he told Campus Reform on Wednesday. “I don’t take it back one bit.”
University officials, who have been inundated with complaints, finally issued a statement on their website Thursday:
Though Guth is not responding to many people horrified by his wish for our children to be the next murder victims of a mass shooter, he did offer this typical cowardly response to one challenge:
If you would like to add your voice to the growing number of calls to remove this “misguided miscreant” from the classroom, here is the contact information for key university officials:
Bernadette Gray-Little, University Chancellor, email@example.com
Jack Martin, Office of Public Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Guth, Associate Professor of Journalism, email@example.com
H/T: Leah Blevins Herron