Professor calling for NRA members to be shot apologizes, says he’s converted

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New NRA President James W Porter, Jr. – Photo Credit

The college professor who accused National Rifle Association members of advocating for armed rebellion and being “worthy of the firing squad” has issued an apology.

After setting off a firestorm of criticism, Christopher Swindell, a journalism professor at Marshall University, told on Monday that he was “waayyy too angry to comment on gun safety” and that he had learned that “American freedom is best served with an armed populace.”

In a June 3 e-mail to, Prof. Swindell said:

Here is my statement for the record.

Marshall’s views are its own. I spoke of myself only. But, most important, I was waayyy too angry to comment on gun safety. I maligned decent NRA members rather than the fringe I was targeting.

I ask those people, most of whom are shocked, to forgive my position. I have recently learned from many decent commenters that American freedom is best served with an armed populace, unlike, say Mexico, where guns are banned. I never did like it when people messed up and didn’t apologize. I don’t want to be that person.

Would those folk accept the apology of a recent convert? Chris Swindell. One more thing. My anger was misplaced. I am out of line here, not for believing in gun safety, but for being a spokesperson for it.

As previously reported, Swindell wrote an editorial published Thursday in the Charleston Gazette offering his version of the “final solution” for supporters of the Second Amendment, as characterized by Independent Journal Review’s Michael Miller.

While passing himself off as “mainstream,” Swindell labeled the NRA’s concerns as “knuckle-dragging Cretan talk” and accused the organization of advocating for the overthrow of the U.S. government:

“Here it is. The NRA advocates armed rebellion against the duly elected government of the United States of America. That’s treason, and it’s worthy of the firing squad.

While the good professor appears contrite, his statement fails to mention his reference to new NRA president James W. Porter, Jr. as “a white, rich old man” with an agenda to arm the populace for confrontation, or his claim that many gladly invite it “as if the African-American president we voted for is somehow infringing on their Constitutional rights.”

All of which prompts the question, is he truly sorry, or just trying to shake 5 million angry NRA members off his trail?


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