Recently I posted an item about KU professor, David W. Guth, who made some comments on twitter concerning the NRA. He was holding them responsible for the Washington Navy Yard shooting and his comments were interpreted by many as promoting violence against the families of NRA members.
What was the tweet? “#NavyYardShooting The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you.
“Various individuals took offense to that, including members of the Kansas State legislature. The University of Kansas has placed him on indefinite leave. Naturally, various members of the mainstream media and liberal educators have said that the professor was within his first amendment rights.
So, let’s come up with a hypothetical. Let’s say that there was a professor out there, or another individual, who was concerned about women getting raped. And let’s say that same person was really upset with the laws in certain states/cities that made it difficult for a woman to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. (Those that are classified as may issue as opposed to shall issue).
Continuing with our hypothetical, let’s say another female gets raped in one of those cities and did not have a concealed carry weapon with which to defend herself. Now let’s say that someone posted a tweet along the lines of “That rape is on the hands of those who deny women the right to self defense: the Obamas, Bidens and Bloombergs. May the next rape victim be one of your family members”
What would happen? Would the liberal media support the first amendment rights of the person who posted that? Would the Secret Service be knocking on that person’s door, arrest warrant in hand?
For the record, I do not advocate the rape of any female, be she an ordinary citizen or high profile personality. Neither do I advocate any act of violence.
I do support the rights of all persons to defend themselves, their family members, and anyone else within close proximity, against violent acts.