Journalism prof accuses NRA of ‘bloody treason’ ‘worthy of the firing squad’

Dr. Christopher Swindell of Marshall University lists media ethics among his areas of expertise, so he’d know better than we do if it’s ethical to call for violence against members of the NRA in an op-ed piece. “I am a peaceable man,” he writes in yesterday’s Charleston Gazette, but then indulges in the sort of violent rhetoric that got “half-wit half-term quitter Sarah Palin” in so much hot water with the Democrats.

If you thought the IRS was justified in using its power to target conservative groups for harassment, move over. Swindell accuses the NRA of treason and urges the government to use the full force of its military to put down those “advocates of armed rebellion” who walk among us.

To turn the song lyric they so love to quote back on them, “We’ll put a boot in your —, it’s the American way.”

Except it won’t be a boot. It’ll be an M1A Abrams tank, supported by an F22 Raptor squadron with Hellfire missiles. Try treason on for size. See how that suits. And their assault arsenal and RPGs won’t do them any good.

Oh, that Second Amendment thing again. Why won’t you crazies give up on that thing? President Obama is the head of the “duly elected government of the United States of America,” after all, so just do what he says unless you want a Hellfire missile headed your way. And look out, people of Crete: he’s had enough of “knuckle-dragging Cretan talk” as well. Consider yourselves warned.

  • b_truit

    Hmm….. He fails to realize that the majority of us law enforcement and military folk are huge NRA supporters. Mr professor don’t pick a fight with the side who actually own and are trained on firearms.

    • John

      I find his comments especially offensive as one aspect of my profession includes a security clearance. I’m willing to bet that he has never sat through a security briefing (let alone more than one) where *actual* cases of treason against the United States are covered. I wonder if he would similarly feel like throwing up when briefed about the exceptionally grave damage done to the country for money–though for all I know, he might think those people are heroic in his sick little mind.

      Hearing frivolous charges of treason thrown around is to me very distressing. When it actually happens, it’s deadly serious business and causes grievous damage to the country. Simply put, that *ssw*pe has no idea what he’s talking about.

      Poetic justice might be a counterintel guy kicking him in the sack, but then again he doesn’t deserve the attention.

      • Marvin Nelson

        Libturds throw terms like this around all the time. They don’t know the real definitions, so they just wing it.

    • Andy from Beaverton

      “He fails to realize that the majority of us law enforcement and military folk are huge NRA supporters”
      He realizes that because he also hates law enforcement and the military.

      • b_truit

        Good point.

      • b_truit

        Good point.

      • BeautifulAmerica

        Great sign. Should be posted at every campus in America.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

      at least he has an appropriate surname

    • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

      at least he has an appropriate surname

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Do the gun grabbers collectively ignore that fact? Most LE and military support the 2A. It’s an inconvenient truth for their whole “we’ll use the military to kill all those damn NRA gun nuts!”. Sorry progressives, they’re with us on that issue. Unless they can run us all down with their Priuses, they’re SOL.

      • DanStlMo

        As a retired Deputy Sheriff who served Six years as a Sgt. I concur!

        • BeautifulAmerica

          Thanks, Sarge.

          • DanStlMo

            It was a pleasure!

        • Rusty Shackleford

          Thank you for your service! Hopefully MEPS gives me a pass.

    • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

      Prof Christopher Swindell likes to dish it out but does not take criticism very well. Calling for NRA members to be shot by a firing squad? Marshall should consider banning him from campus for being a potential danger to other students and faculty. Swindell shows himself to be a bit unhinged.

  • Jd1367

    You know the old saying, those who can, do … those who are raving lunatic liberals, teach

    • Grandma HeadInjury

      I’ve always hated the original version of that saying. It makes an ugly generalization about a hard working group of people. That being said, there are a few sane ones working in the belly of the beast making a difference.

      • Jay Stevens

        “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach become principals.” That saying?

        Well, considering that the majority of public school teachers belong to the NEA and are institutionally opposed to any meaning education reform, I do not regard that as a particularly ugly generalization.

        The recent spate of abusing children in the name of “zero tolerance” further reinforces that feeling.

        • Grandma HeadInjury

          Though I agree with your take on the NEA and its members, we’ll just have to agree to disagree on the rest…

          • Jay Stevens

            I have had some really good teachers and a handful of truly superb ones.Most of the ones that I would regard as “superb” were not professional teachers. I think a lot of that comes down to whether a teacher has an education degree or some kind of degree combined with a teaching certificate.

            OTOH, that in itself doesn’t mean that much. Christopher Swindell worked in his industry before he became a teacher.

  • https://twitter.com/Captain_Cy_kun Cy

    It’s funny how it’s treason when the president is a Democrat and healthy, lawful dissent when he’s a Republican.

  • Clayton Grant

    Good luck getting a Hellfire to fit onto the armament rails and internal bays of an F-22 Raptor, Professor Dumbass.

    • Ken Alan Draper

      yeah, he knows as much about weaponry as he knows about Constitutional Law.

      • BeautifulAmerica

        Or even just OUR Constitution.

    • Ken Alan Draper

      yeah, he knows as much about weaponry as he knows about Constitutional Law.

    • ceemack

      I’d like to know where I can buy one of the RPGs this guy thinks we have.

    • CatHerder

      You’re confusing the issue with facts! No fair!

  • tjp77

    The F22 doesn’t fire Hellfire missiles. Just sayin’.

    Also, the people who fly those planes and drive those tanks are 95% on OUR side, and would sooner turn their weapons on the president than their own citizens if ever given such an order.

    Sorry to spoil your wet dream there, Dr. Swindell.

    • Chevypowered

      He picked the most menacing name out of a random “Google” search and thought “hey why not, my students are complete freaking morons anyway they will believe anything.” Now if “I” was to say we should send in an AH-64 Apache and launch a Hellfire missile at him…well heck we can make that happen!

  • BigTBoom

    Did you hear about the high profile story focused on that NRA card carrying murderer… me neither.

  • Jack Deth

    The only this more worthless than a Journalism student is the infinitely expendable and ignorant pompous windbag instructing him or her.

  • rocinante2

    What kind of “journalism professor” doesn’t know how to spell “cretin”?

    • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

      well, to be fair, he was probably wiping spittle from the corner of his mouth and off his monitor, at the time.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

      well, to be fair, he was probably wiping spittle from the corner of his mouth and off his monitor, at the time.

    • ObamaFail

      The kind who trains the next MSNBC prime time line up.

      • BeautifulAmerica

        Absolutely.

    • ObamaFail

      The kind who trains the next MSNBC prime time line up.

  • jerry148

    What makes it worse is that this isn’t just some nutjob spouting off, it’s a nutjob with *clout* spouting off. He has an audience, and he has influence. A very dangerous combination.

  • trixiewoobeans

    He needs to be put in a straitjacket and escorted to a padded room, where he can howl at the moon.

    • Clayton Grant

      Pretty sure this guy howls at the moon quite a bit already.

  • alanstorm

    This guy and his 100% fact-free rant have been exposed all over the web. The fact that he somehow acquired a doctorate and claims to be a journalism professor does NOT say very complimentary things about our current educational system.

    What a “Cretan”.

    • journogal

      Wonder what he has against residents of the Greek island of Crete? Many posters pointed that out to him, and you would think such an education person would know that, right?

    • ozconservative

      A Cretan is someone from the island of Crete in the Mediterranean. So he is advocating violence against an ethnic minority within the NRA???

      He must be a racist!!!

  • vetgal1970

    Thank Goodness he didn’t proclaim himself to be a Constitution ‘expert’. Obama standing on the floor of the UN throwing the First Amendment under the bus is OK, NRA DEFENDING the Second Amendment = treason. And though he clearly knows nothing of the weapon systems he would like to turn on us, he inadvertently illustrated the very reason for the existence of the Second Amendment and why it should be defended so fervently. Assclown.

    My daughter is just starting to look seriously at colleges, every day it gets easier as one after another gets dismissed because of ignorant ‘professors’ shooting off their mouth.

    • Ken Alan Draper

      might want to look at a Hard sciences based college, fewer moonbat liberals in the Hard sciences.

      • Jay Stevens

        And she will be more employable – a real plus in today’s society.

      • Stephen L. Hall

        That was my experience in college as well. Difficult to study a hard science and then subscribe to irrational liberal nonsense.

    • Ken Alan Draper

      might want to look at a Hard sciences based college, fewer moonbat liberals in the Hard sciences.

  • J. Cox

    Wow…want to see how far of a leftwing loon this guy is..

    https://www.facebook.com/christopher.swindell.5

  • r07a23c

    Oh nos! A journalism professor wants me tried for treason!?! Yeah, somehow I’ll sleep just fine tonight.

  • Steve_J

    The school where he’s a “professor” of journalism doesn’t have very high standards.

  • waterytart

    I had read this earlier today, and laughed my kiester off at his whining responses to commenters who had truly raked him over the coals.

    That being said, the pic with the article above makes him look like the gal from old SNL who keeps her fingers in her armpits then sniffs the flop sweat. Super Star!!

  • Frank Drebin

    Anyone daring to speak out about the government’s abuse of power and clamp-down of constitutional rights should be violently murdered…by government troops.

    Perhaps Prof Nutjob should consider switching to de-caf

    • Grandma HeadInjury

      Please don’t call him Nutjob….I can assure you he and I are not related… 😀

  • notenoughtime

    Media ethics parents should demand a refund for this class. The NRA is not the problem, the ability to buy guns “illegally” is and should be reported on daily. But his ethics allows him to go after responsible gun owners and ignore the thugs. Bravo!

    • ObamaFail

      But criminals are the Democrats favorite people. That’s why they are only going after LEGAL gun owners. I’m noticing a trend with Democrats lately. They sure are high on anything illegal lately. Illegal weapons, illegal IRS targeting, illegal immigration, illegal snooping on reporters.

      • BeautifulAmerica

        Illegal professors. Or should be.

  • greatunconformity

    Read through the comments posted after his article. Professor Douchebag is still trying to dig out of his hole. I’m still looking for a comment that supports him.

    • ICOYAR

      Liberals are not known for their logic. They also cannot comprehend that the NRA’s members are people looking to uphold their existence, their property, and the country.

      Libturds want to disarm them to leave them vulnerable to the State, and either indoctrinate or kill them. The only thing that is able to stop a tyrannical government, is an armed populace.

  • fireandreamitchell

    ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ fatboy. While you order up your firing squad, try losing a ton or two first. You aren’t exactly ‘fit’ to carry out such things.

    • Ken Alan Draper

      if the professor could read that comment (somehow I think he may not be a user of twitchy) you’d probably confuse him. his knowlege of Greek phrases, history, or current firearms owners slogans is probably as sparse as his understanding of Constitutional law, & modern aircraft weaponry.

    • Ken Alan Draper

      if the professor could read that comment (somehow I think he may not be a user of twitchy) you’d probably confuse him. his knowlege of Greek phrases, history, or current firearms owners slogans is probably as sparse as his understanding of Constitutional law, & modern aircraft weaponry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.jefferies.96 Richard Jefferies

    I’m going to go ahead and assume that Dr. Christopher Swindell has used the dictionary and is intending to go with the first definition of the word treason:

    the offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign.

    I have no doubt that Dr. Swindell views Barack Obama as his sovereign, therefor attempting to overthrow him is treason. Dr. Swindell, I’m sure, didn’t recognize George Bush as sovereign. Let’s look at the other possible definitions:

    a violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state.

    Huh, didn’t Barack Obama swear (a word that means next to nothing these days) to uphold the Constitution. Wouldn’t he, by attempting to usurp that very laws that he swore to uphold, be guilty of treason? As in the the third definition:

    the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.

    What’s most revealing, however, is how a journalism professor advocates eliminating posse comitatus and using the US Military against people of the United State who have opinions he finds objectionable. I’m sure he doesn’t advocate such harsh means for invading immigrants or outspoken Muslim extremists who operate militia camps in our own country. Oh no, his ire is directed right at those who want to defend themselves from an obviously encroaching Oligarchy, as lawfully bequeathed to us by our founders via the Bill of Rights.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      “..His irre is directed RIGHT at those…..
      More emphasis on “RIGHT….. #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}

  • HARP2

    By firing squad, this twit must mean in front of 12 men with sling shots…….right ?

    • Glen Hull

      or pens and paper.

  • HARP2

    By firing squad, this twit must mean in front of 12 men with sling shots…….right ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

    oh, now, we all KNOW he was just being edgy and/or taken out of context and is so full of passion and love and tolerance that it’s impossible for stupid people like you and me to grasp what he’s saying. /sarcasm

    • Jay Stevens

      Yep, one of his courses: Nuance 101 or perhaps Nuance 099 – Remedial Nuance – would teach us how to figure out what he is really saying.

      • BeautifulAmerica

        Stalin 101 would be appropriate, too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

    oh, now, we all KNOW he was just being edgy and/or taken out of context and is so full of passion and love and tolerance that it’s impossible for stupid people like you and me to grasp what he’s saying. /sarcasm

  • Kevlar_Vest

    Let’s see if this pussy is man enough to lead the charge on gun owners. Or is another cowardly liberal punk that can only take pot shots at those they disagree with?

  • Ken Alan Draper

    how exactly is following the Constitution of the United States treason? How do you get American soldiers, airmen, & Marines to fire on NRA members when about 3/4 of the military are members of the NRA? don’t try to get the Law enforcement to do it, Many of them are also NRA members. any Civil war along these lines would be short & would not end well for this professor & any who side with him.

  • Ken Alan Draper

    how exactly is following the Constitution of the United States treason? How do you get American soldiers, airmen, & Marines to fire on NRA members when about 3/4 of the military are members of the NRA? don’t try to get the Law enforcement to do it, Many of them are also NRA members. any Civil war along these lines would be short & would not end well for this professor & any who side with him.

  • Guest

    His writing is an affront to real journalists everywhere. I’ve seen much better writing from high-school students. I suppose that since he professes to be a journalist, that makes him a “journalism professor” in his own mind. And if you’d like another example of just how hopelessly unqualified Professor Wingnut is to lead a journalism class, check out his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/christopher.swindell.5

  • Guest

    His writing is an affront to real journalists everywhere. I’ve seen much better writing from high-school students. I suppose that since he professes to be a journalist, that makes him a “journalism professor” in his own mind. And if you’d like another example of just how hopelessly unqualified Professor Wingnut is to lead a journalism class, check out his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/christopher.swindell.5

  • Catchance

    “Treason”, Professor Swindell. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    (I wonder if you know what the word “dork” means?)

    • CatHerder

      (It’s in the dictionary alongside his pic.)

  • Catchance

    “Treason”, Professor Swindell. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    (I wonder if you know what the word “dork” means?)

  • TonyMitch

    Professor, you got the wrong group being tried for treason and shot. It should be the Gang of 8 and any other congress person that supports illegal immigrants getting amnesty. Also, the President for not enforcing to the full power of the law our immigration laws.

    • ObamaFail

      Also they need to charge any politician who was behind the Benghazi cover-up with treason. the Benghazi cover-up was aiding terrorism. So I guess that means Obama and Hillary need to be lined up with those “evil 2nd Amendment supporters.”

  • TonyMitch

    Professor, you got the wrong group being tried for treason and shot. It should be the Gang of 8 and any other congress person that supports illegal immigrants getting amnesty. Also, the President for not enforcing to the full power of the law our immigration laws.

  • Herman LaClair

    he looks like complete dufus. sounds like one, too.

  • Herman LaClair

    he looks like complete dufus. sounds like one, too.

  • ObamaFail

    Well I think any supporter of Anti-Constitutional agendas should be charged with treason. Oh wait, wouldn’t that mean the Democrats wouldn’t have any supporters left?

  • ObamaFail

    Well I think any supporter of Anti-Constitutional agendas should be charged with treason. Oh wait, wouldn’t that mean the Democrats wouldn’t have any supporters left?

  • kim

    how ironic that someone against weapons wants to use them to kill people he disagrees with

  • kim

    how ironic that someone against weapons wants to use them to kill people he disagrees with

  • Guest

    I’d like to see pussified anti-gun leftwing idiots try to start a civil war against gun owners. Imagine that fight. They show up with their drum circles and their ipods, and the other side shows up armed.

    • Stephen L. Hall

      Sadly, the NRA members would never shoot the unarmed idiots in drum circles with ipods. Decency has limits, foolishness is boundless.

      • Ronald Green

        I’d shoot them… with a .22 short in their fat asses. Then I’d burn their drums and throw their I Pods in the fire.

  • Guest

    I’d like to see pussified anti-gun leftwing idiots try to start a civil war against gun owners. Imagine that fight. They show up with their drum circles and their ipods, and the other side shows up armed.

  • http://www.BoycottLeftism.com/ itekisan

    Funny how the left has been using the “they can’t fight against tanks and planes” talking point lately. Is that not the VERY THING that they expected when they all said we couldn’t win in Iraq?

    So either they were wrong then, and small arms can’t beat an empire-level military, or they are wrong now, and small arms can.

    They should make up their minds or we need to pound them with this line of questioning each time they start with this garbage.

  • http://www.BoycottLeftism.com/ itekisan

    Funny how the left has been using the “they can’t fight against tanks and planes” talking point lately. Is that not the VERY THING that they expected when they all said we couldn’t win in Iraq?

    So either they were wrong then, and small arms can’t beat an empire-level military, or they are wrong now, and small arms can.

    They should make up their minds or we need to pound them with this line of questioning each time they start with this garbage.

  • ObamaFail

    I’m thinking this American hating idiot is spying on our comments. Because we are all suddenly getting down voted.

    • Jarhead83

      Yeah, about 8 hours ago. I assume his right index finger got tired of clicking the mouse, while simultaneously whining “NO!”…

  • ICOYAR

    Good luck with that.

    You’ll need it.

  • Michelle

    Sofa king uneducated that man is. He wrote this, “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.” So I’m guessing he NEVER read this:

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.”

    Dear Professor – Those words were written by our Founding Fathers. Try reading up on them sometime. Further, the NRA doesn’t “advocate armed rebellion against the duly elected government” you fkng tool. They advocate against erosion of our Second Amendment rights.

    • Michelle

      Check out the comment section of that piece he wrote, he got his ass handed to him and rightfully so. It sickens me this twisted and vile piece of crap is allowed to influence young minds.

      • Glen Hull

        He sure did 98-99% of the commenters disagreed, many of them
        schooling the author in the process.

    • Hiraghm

      Those words became obsolete in 1861.

  • TocksNedlog

    A journalism professor whose greatest fear is the exercise of First Amendment rights.

    #SomebodyShouldSmackHimInTheFaceWithAnIrony

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Actually, fear of Second Amendment Rights! #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}

      • TocksNedlog

        Actually, since the professor’s actual words were “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,” and he is actually attacking not the NRA member’s right to bear arms, but rather what he (falsely) alleges is their stated purpose for possessing said weapons — to wit: their verbal and/or written advocacy that we all should arm ourselves in order to engage in a violent confrontation with the tyrannical United States government — because of that, I actually meant what I actually wrote.

  • tops116

    He hates guns, but wants to shoot those who disagree with him? Evidently, passing a logic course is not a requirement for becoming a journalism professor.

  • Randi Starr

    Journalism Professor…that alone is worthy of mockery.”The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.”

  • oconnellc

    What did I miss? He said that people advocating armed overthrow of the US Gov are guilty of treason and should get the appropriate response. Why would you not agree with that? Is the NRA advocating armed overthrow of the US Gov.?

    • Glen Hull

      Read the article Dumb ass. Then get back to us.

    • Hiraghm

      *advocating* taking arms against the nation (which not simply the government) is not part of the definition of treason in the Constitution.

      • oconnellc

        That is true. You really going to go out on a limb to defend that nit? In the same way, he didn’t actually hop in a tank to attack anyone, he just advocated that someone else do it. I hope I have made you feel better.

        • Corey Dennison

          What the hell are you even talking about now? (Notice the little curly thing at the end of my sentence?)

          • oconnellc

            So, you’re kinda stupid, too. That’s ok. I’ll slow down. The comment I just replied to was implying that someone wasn’t committing treason, they were just advocating that someone else should do it. I pointed out that the article that everyone is pooping themselves about was really only advocating that someone else would be driving the tank. Does it help to have a grownup explain things when they get complicated?

          • Corey Dennison

            Not sure why you think you’re the grownup in this particular scenario–but I think the consensus is that you’re definately the jackass of the thread though.

            Congratulations.

          • oconnellc

            I think it is because you keep getting confused by simple concepts and keep asking me to explain things to you.

          • Corey Dennison

            Then, please…enlighten us all. Given what Hiraghm originally stated, and your illogical response…tell everyone here how that’s supposed to make any sense.

            Seriously, you sound just as morally confused as Swindell himself does in the comments section of the original editorial post.

            You may want to go check it out. For the hundreds of commenters there, you may be able to explain away Swindell’s stupidity and pretzel moralism with your unique…intelligence.

          • oconnellc

            Holy shit… just keep digging, right? Notice the bolded word? Advocating is his key. Advocating isn’t mentioned in the constitution, so it is ok. All Swindell is doing is advocating. Until he jumps in a tank himself, the actions are equivalent.

            You really needed that explained? Seriously, that simple concept completely eluded you?

          • Corey Dennison

            The more you blather on, the dumber and more stubborn you look in trying to defend your original post.

          • oconnellc

            Come on. This is the worst sort of circle jerk, and if you don’t know it, may God have mercy on you. You jumped in without reading what I wrote or what the comment I was responding to wrote. Admit it. This kind of circle jerk attracts the worst in most people and you were just following along. The worst part was that after you said something stupid you doubled down on it. You asked me to explain something so obvious it must have hurt your mind to have so much cognitive dissonance. And now that I explain, you just pretend like you were talking about something else all along. At least tell me you have never actually given MM any money…

          • Corey Dennison

            Well, finally something you can authoritatively on: circle-jerking.

            As to the rest of your screed: look up the word ‘projection’ in the dictionary. You might find your picture in there.

          • oconnellc

            Weird. As soon as I explained the blindingly obvious to you, you haven’t made a remark about WHAT I am writing. Instead you make a stupid joke and try to talk about something else.

            Oh, clever joke about seeing my picture in the dictionary. That is really original of you. Very funny. I have to say that that must be in the top 6 funniest things to appear on the internet today. Funnyordie was going to have a skit about it and I think Conan was talking about interviewing you. You know, what was your inspiration? What made you think of something so outrageously funny? That sort of thing. Well done.

          • Corey Dennison

            All this butthurt you’ve displayed for us…all stemming from your stupid original post and your resultant attampts to defend what you wrote. It’s amusing.

          • oconnellc

            I can see that it is amusing. You keep making funny jokes. Next, I expect you to make a highly original remark involving rubber and glue.

            Let me know the next time you get confused and need me to explain why it gets dark at night.

          • Corey Dennison

            Well, finally something you can authoritatively on: circle-jerking.

            As to the rest of your screed: look up the word ‘projection’ in the dictionary. You might find your picture in there.

      • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

        Amen, especially TYRANNICAL ADMINISTRATIONS, such as this. ‘Nuff said. #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}

    • Corey Dennison

      Is the NRA advocating armed overthrow of the US Gov.?

      Please point out where you’ve observed this. (Hint: You haven’t observed this, because the NRA doesn’t advocate an armed overthrow of the government.)

      Try again.

      • oconnellc

        Perhaps you failed to notice that little curly thing at the end of my sentence. It’s called a question mark. There is this cool thing called the internet and you can use it to research what it is.

        • Ronald Green

          Stuck you foot in your mouth and now you’re trying to get it out? Notice that little curly thing at the end of my sentence.

        • Corey Dennison

          Whether or not your put a question mark at ther end of your post is irrelevent. YOU made an accusation–YOU provide proof.

          That WAS the purpose of asking those questions…after starting your post with “What did I miss?”…was it not? Playing dumb now only makes you look…well, dumb.

          • oconnellc

            Or, a question mark indicates an interrogative statement meant to acquire knowledge. The internets are your friend.

          • Corey Dennison

            Stop digging.

            You tried to get cute with your ‘interrogatives’ and got called out. You’re not fooling anyone.

    • Justin Levesque

      Okay, I’ll bite, and try to be civil about it. Forgive the lecturing tone, please.

      First, it’s the professor’s ‘opinion’ that law abiding gun owners are traitors. What he does not/refuses to understand is the intent of the Second Amendment, as written and as ruled on by SCOTUS. That being, a Constitutionally protected individual right to bear arms for defense of self/others/state. It was and is intended to be a check on tyranny in our government. One only has to look at the historical situation of the Founders. They had just won a major war against THE superpower of the day. Remember, Great Britain taxed the crap out of the colonies, refused the colonials representation in Parliament, unlawfully imprisoned people, and yes, attempted to seize lawfully-owned firearms from their own citizens in the Colonies. All casus belli, if you ask me. So, the Founders put into place a measure to prevent our own government from doing the same thing.

      Secondly, the vast majority of American gun owners are not crazy, ultra-right, bible-thumping hillbillies. We vote, we pay taxes, we go to work, we raise families. We are NOT bloodthirsty, rampaging monsters. We are people. The biggest difference between us and the anti-gun people (like this professor) is that we recognize the fact (FACT!) that there is evil in the world, and no amount of words, conciliation, or laws will change that. We have made the grave decision to take our personal security into our own hands. When the average response time for 911 is 5 to 10 minutes in urban areas, and longer in rural, a bullet that travels at 700-1000 feet per second is a great way to increase your chances of survival.

      Third, I have yet to hear or read of ANY American pro-gun group calling for the overthrow of our government, let alone the NRA. The NRA does expound on the Second Amendment, at length. They understand it well, as written and as applied today. Now, if any pro-gun group DID call for armed revolution, the NRA would be one of the first and loudest detractors.

      Now, gun owners are not traitors. We are citizens exercising a Constitutionally protected right. We don’t like many of the things the Obama Administration is doing. Being gun owners, we certainly don’t like the new gun laws that have been passed in various states. We are thrilled that Senator Feinstein’s gun bill was dropped. We advocate for expanded rights and less restrictions. We support firearms training. We are the largest contributor group to wilderness conservation. We strongly support the Armed Forces and all retired military personnel. We are big believers in personal liberty and responsibility. We do NOT advocate armed rebellion against the government. We DO support non-violent resistance to policy that we do not agree with.
      Now, with all that being said, there is one final point to make. If the unthinkable should happen, and the government turns against the People and uses force to affect its will domestically, the millions of gun owners in the United States will be the first ones to actively resist.
      Sorry for the length of my rant. I suppose I could have just summed up: The NRA (nor any other pro-gun group) does not, nor ever has, advocated the armed overthrow of the US government. If one does plot treason, then by all means drop the hammer on them.
      But, if advocating a pro-gun, pro-self defense, Constitutionally legal position makes one a traitor, then I guess 80-100 million American citizens are traitors, myself included.

      • oconnellc

        Thanks for such a great reply. I suspect that Swindell is a bit of an over-reacting boob. I suspect that much of the responses on this site fall into the same category. There IS quite a bit of rhetoric around gathering weapons and ‘taking back’ the country. If someone posts that they haven’t seen that, they are lying. Nitwits writing things on the internet should be taken for what they are. Swindell is a journalism professor. Anonymous boobs are anonymous boobs. I’m not sure how much serious attention either deserves. What concerns me is that there is much wailing all around here. If you want to be honest, really be honest, there are nitwits who are saying really scary things. They are nitwits and they are best ignored. Acting like Swindell represents more than some obscure boob is a way for MM to try to sell books. Nothing more.

        • Justin Levesque

          You are welcome.
          I do try very much to avoid rhetoric and present a reasonable viewpoint, oftentimes in response to an ill-informed, ideology filled diatribe.
          I agree with you about the ‘taking up arms’ folks. For them (you know who you are), we do have a way of taking the country back, it’s called ‘elections’.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Devon-Dibley-His-Golden-Key/dp/1484181557/ M F Scotto

    As long as he didn’t print any maps with cross-hairs on them then I’m cool with this.

  • CobraJet428

    Over/Under: How many Chicagoans will be gunned-down (just tomorrow)?

    4

    • Abiss

      I’ll take the over.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      The Over, +4-1/2 Points #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}

  • bobby

    lawyers used to be the lowest thing that crawled now he just set a new standard be sure to send your kids money to marshal

  • Mr. Shiroi

    As a graduate of Journalism at a self-proclaimed Liberal Arts University I have to say that if this is what it means to be a journalist now-a-days I’m happy I went into teaching instead.

    People say what this joker said about liberal groups and they get death threats and the public wants them crucified.

    This man says this, and it’s…business as usual?

    Ummm…I wish I was a journalist simply to blast this kind of double standard but if I was I would probably find that lots of people don’t care about facts…only emotion and taking sides no matter what.

  • Gallatin

    “They’ll warn you that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices.” baracky obowmao

    Now GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE, Dr. Christopher Swindell, wants the GOVERNMENT to execute lawful gun owners and we are paranoid and delusional for believing; “THAT TYRANNY IS ALWAYS LURKING JUST AROUND THE CORNER.”

  • Thought Criminal #1

    Hey, he only wants to exterminate roughly a million people less than Hitler did.

  • MrApple

    I have a dream. I dream of the moment when one of these loudmouthed, douche-bag Liberals has his/her ass saved by a legal citizen (NRA member or not it doesn’t matter) with a legal gun and then see if they continue to call for more violence against the NRA and gun owners or restrictions on firearms.

    • oconnellc

      You know what? You should just point him to one of the several instances when this must have happened today. That would shut him up. I mean, citizens with guns must be one of the most effective crime prevention devices we have. Just point to some of the statistics. That would shut him up.

      • MrApple

        Facts don’t work with a mind infected with Liberalism. If it doesn’t fit their agenda then it is summarily dismissed. But if he wanted numbers he could take a look at the “Guns used in self-defense” counter at the JPFO website.

        http://jpfo.org/

        • oconnellc

          That was a very groundbreaking study. That site bases its numbers on research done by Kleck and Gertz (found here: http://www.guncite.com/gcdgklec.html). From what I can tell, that counter isn’t actually a counter, it is just estimating based on what the site owners consider to be a real number, pro-rated based on how far into the year you are.

          However, Kleck and Gertz have some issues and a lot of the numbers that they throw around don’t make a lot of sense when analyzed. This study: http://home.uchicago.edu/~ludwigj/papers/JPAM_Cook_Ludwig_Hemenway_2007.pdf took a look at their data. One of what Ludwig and Hemenway called ‘troubling implications’:
          The responses to this item from our 19 “genuine” defensive gun users, multiplied by our sampling weights, imply that approxi-mately 132,000 perpetrators were either wounded or killed at the hands of armed civilians in 1994. That number, it turns out, is just about the same as the total of all people who were shot and killed or received treatment for nonfatal gunshot wounds in an emergency room that year-yet we know that almost all of those are there as a result of criminal assault, suicide attempt, or ac~ident.~ There is no trace in these official statistics of the wounded assailants.

          Basically, if you believe everyone who says that they injured or killed an assailant using a defensive weapon, you essentially exceed the number of people wounded by guns in a year, without accounting for any of the actually known victims of gunshot. You can do the math other ways to come up with other items; like the fact that the current best guess of the actual number of rapes also conflicts with the number of rapes claimed to have been prevented by defensive guns.

          So, since minds infected with Liberalism do not work with facts, how does a mind not so infected respond to some contrary facts? I’m not sure if Kleck and Gertz are correct are not and so I’m not willing to make a decision based on their conclusions. Are willing to concede that there are other facts to consider? Or does confirmation bias just tell you to close your eyes?

        • oconnellc
      • MrApple

        Facts don’t work with a mind infected with Liberalism. If it doesn’t fit their agenda then it is summarily dismissed. But if he wanted numbers he could take a look at the “Guns used in self-defense” counter at the JPFO website.

        http://jpfo.org/

  • http://discus.com yourmamatoo

    Another liberal coward.
    Go figure.

  • J.N. Ashby

    Spelled cretin wrong…

  • Marvin Nelson

    Yet another example of a university professor who claims to be an “authority” on some topic. Obviously, he is not a Constitutional scholar; otherwise, he would realize that the First Amendment gives him the right to sound like an a$$hole. By the way, I am also a college professor, so please don’t think that we are all like this wingnut. If Marshall has one ounce of integrity, they will get rid of him. Oh, wait, this is a university where he undoubtedly has tenure.

  • Sharkteeth

    I see the same threat from Liberals all the time. On what planet do they think the military would side with Obama or any other Liberal hack.

    • Misanthrope

      You don’t remember the pictures from Watertown, do you?

      • Sharkteeth

        Enlighten me to what the pictures show.

    • Misanthrope

      You don’t remember the pictures from Watertown, do you?

  • huecityvet1968

    The only thing I can say, hey fatty bring it on and if you want to meet face to face with this old man even better. He seems like the poster boy for the wimpy, limp wristed society of new men. Don’t be a hurter or provider and damn sure do not even think about becoming a war fight, instead be a hard dresser or be an interior designer. You probably know and care what color mauve is.

  • JR48

    I think that he did this for several reasons: to gin up support from like minded people, to blow off steam with hyperbolic rhetoric because it was fun but most importantly, to kick his perceived beehive to see if he could rile up a response from all of those ‘right winged crazies’ and then play with them.

    That isn’t what happened and he’s being served his arse back to him on a platter. But make no mistake, he didn’t do this accidentally. He did it on purpose. I sat and read his piece and probably two thirds of the responses last night and I truly think that HE thinks that he’s playing with his food.

    Read his responses in the thread carefully.

  • http://twitter.com/rm1evo rm1evo

    What an idiot.

  • Miss Smarty

    He’s a classic example of someone that is unemployable by any private sector company because he’s over educated but really ended up knowing nothing. He is clearly to much of a dough boy to do anything that involves physical labor and he doesn’t have enough common sense to get a job that requires him to produce or sell anything. So the zero gets a job teaching. Those that can do, those that can’t teach, he’s the poster boy for that saying. Not all teachers fit that statement but he is the one that makes it true.

  • Macranthunter

    The entire op ed is a laughable straw man against gun owners. He opens by claiming to be a “shotgun home defense advocate” Which is code for A: I don’t own guns B: I don’t know what guns actually do and C: I don’t really advocate gun ownership at all. He then begins a tirade of false equivalence, weasel words and basically the sort of thing prompting good journalism professors to hand out failing grades to students. It’s basically an Aristotelian cluster flock. My suspicion is that this op ed was written by the NRA as a hit piece to the left. It certainly makes Swindell, journalists and gun control advocates look like semi-literate morons. The NRA should hand this screed out at meetings.

    • Ronald Green

      Yeah, that’s right… no matter what it is, blame it on the NRA or the Tea Party. You liberals really need to get some new talking points, these are used up already.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    HE is worse than a Knuckle-Dragging Cretin…PERFESSER SINDELL IS A FINK! #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}

  • http://rhymeswithright.mu.nu RhymesWithRight

    What a pity that Don Surber, from the paper across town from the one that published this trash, stopped blogging.

    • Corey Dennison

      Agreed. I never missed his daily postings.

  • Pat Loudoun

    From rate my professor – “Dr. Swindell is cool. He is kinda crazy and a communist but whatever.”

  • Raye09

    This is common in colleges. Why are people outraged over this? It’s disgusting but this is what goes on in colleges. You don’t actually do a lot of learning and out of 120 credits maybe 60 actually count towards the skill set needed for the real world. Most of it is just political banter in “liberal arts” courses you will never use. Most graduates have a massive ego, are not well- rounded or critical thinkers, they can repeat the liberal bias their professors instilled in them, but they cannot hear another viewpoint without throwing a tantrum, they lack the ability to see and analyze another viewpoint efficiently. Most of them do not know the contents of the constitution outside of the first amendment.
    To top that off they are incredibly easy to manipulate, just say “I feel that misogyny is rampant among republicans” and you will have them pouring their hearts out. GO to a college and say something along those lines, and the resident students will pour their hearts out. You will learn their political views, income, who they voted fot etc. It’s a sociopaths wet dream.

  • Jedd McHead

    The Prof. shouldn’t wish “ironic death” on anyone — it’s bad luck! He might bring about his own and get hit by a manure truck.

  • Evil Otto

    I didn’t think I could be shocked by the depth of hatred the left has for us, but the last few months have been educational. Swindell isn’t the only leftist I’ve heard this sort of thing from lately. Many of them, too many, honestly want the United States military unleashed on their political opponents. They want us DEAD.

    The fat bastard writes: “Normally, I am a peaceable man, but in this case, I am willing to answer the call to defend the country. From them.”

    Of course, he’s not willing to answer the call. No, he wants the military to slaughter us instead. Doing the work himself would take effort, and the only effort this glob of grease makes is prying himself out of bed in the morning.

    If you ever wonder how totalitarian regimes take power, it’s because of people like him.

  • BeautifulAmerica

    @RandyinOregon
    “What’s wrong with Journalism today? Here’s an example!”
    You have to take classes from idiots like him in order to get a job.
    No wonder all the so-called journos are nothing more than political activists—on the WRONG side.
    Don’t pay his mortgage for him, students.
    Have this socialist fired.

  • Kimberly Sherman Gamba

    Wow. It is beyond frightening that this man is allowed to teach.

  • 500_lb_Gorrila

    Our unhinged professor has certainly convinced me that we should meet the democrats halfway on gun control by simply banning all democrats from owning guns, that way we also solve the problem of the mentally unstable and incompetent from having legal access to firearms.

  • 500_lb_Gorrila

    Our unhinged professor has certainly convinced me that we should meet the democrats halfway on gun control by simply banning all democrats from owning guns, that way we also solve the problem of the mentally unstable and incompetent from having legal access to firearms.

  • AnglePark

    From Christopher Swindell’s Facebook page: “Dear FB friends, I am normally an optimistic person. But, I fear default may be the undoing of these Great United States. Think about something for me. Let’s organize a march on Washington where we all as a people demand the immediate resignations of all parties involved. I mean throw the entire lot out. Make it 1 million strong. Start w/ the 80 Tea Party blatherers but don’t stop there. Throw them all out. Then prosecute them for hurting me … and hurting you. Then hang them from the nearest tree in their home state. My Congress is worthy of nothing but death. After a fair and speedy trial.”

  • porgiefirefighter

    Stalinism redux

  • porgiefirefighter

    Stalinism redux

  • Cole Andrews

    Obma is a crook who steals from the people that he is supposed to protect and defend. He sends weapons to our enemies and abandons our people to die, so he is the treasonous one!

  • Chris Chambers

    Normally the journalists are the first to go. Maybe that’s what he’s worried about? (Or maybe not….obedient journalists these days are given journalism greenies by the white house meanie.)

  • Chris Chambers

    Normally the journalists are the first to go. Maybe that’s what he’s worried about? (Or maybe not….obedient journalists these days are given journalism greenies by the white house meanie.)

  • 96leroy

    Sadly, yes. And they get paid handsomely for it as attested to by the huge outstanding student loan debt.

    All the perks and none of the responsibilities. The union member’s way of life.

  • seek456

    ohh if only he was just a dolt. That is the frightening part – this creep has a captive audience.