David Guth, a University of Kansas journalism professor, tweeted this on Monday:
Why do some who claim to want a world devoid of violence and hate sound so violent and hateful?
He did not walk it back:
Naturally Guth received a lot of criticism, among them, this tweeter asking for a classroom debate:
Hi @DWGuth. Care to invite this NRA member, broadcaster, and father of five into your classroom for a debate?
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) September 19, 2013
Full exposure to and understanding of both sides of the story isn’t relevant to journalism studies? That sounds about right these days, unfortunately.
Some people just want to pick and choose which parts of the Constitution should apply:
— AuburnOppa (@auburn_oppa) September 19, 2013
Here’s the money shot:
— Jake Roland (@jroland86) September 19, 2013
The NRA has called for Guth’s firing, but the University of Kansas tweeted today that their professor doesn’t speak for the university and those were his own personal opinions:
@KenneyDA His personal tweet doesn’t represent KU. The shooting is a terrible tragedy & our hearts go out to the victims & their families.
— University of Kansas (@KUnews) September 19, 2013
Guth doesn’t speak for them, except when he’s in the classroom more than likely filling minds with that kind of garbage.
Newsbusters has an analysis of Guth’s blog here. It’s pretty much what you’d expect.