University of Kansas journalism professor David Guth stepped in it big-time recently.
Responding to the mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, Guth posted on Twitter: “blood is on the hands of the N-R-A. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters”. That landed Guth on administrative leave at K-U. He later said he tweeted to begin a dialogue.
It seems to have worked. At least one Kansas lawmaker who receives campaign money from the National Rifle Association has demanded Guth’s firing.
Some will argue that free speech extends to social media and includes public educators. A spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union says he didn’t like Guth’s comment, but he believes it’s protected speech.
The national debate over gun violence and mental illness was revived once again by what happened at the Navy Yard the other day. It is an emotional dialogue.
Of course, everyone has a right to his opinion … but I’d like to think a college professor is a bit more sophisticated in understanding that social media is a slippery slope. Once you post, you’ve lost all control.
Our thought for today is from Mark Twain:
“The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.”