Prof. Guth then used his blogsite Snapping Turtle to defend his God-damning tweet. He said:
I am angry, frustrated, sad and determined. The news of the senseless slaughter today at Washington's Navy Yard has me again questioning how we can let this madness continue.
Frankly, I don't care if I am criticized for being too quick to judge, too harsh in my criticism or too strident in my tone. The time has passed for niceties and tact.
The blood spilled today is on the hands of the National Rifle Association. I don't care how the NRA tries to spin this. One fact is undeniable: The NRA has championed a gun culture that is shredding our nation's moral authority like armor-plated bullets ripping through flesh.
Let's see now. Guth God-damns the NRA and wants the next victims of a mass shooting to be the sons and daughters of NRA members. How did the university react? KU officials defended the professor's right to express his personal opinions, “but those opinions do not represent the university.”
If you think this is atypical of the academic mindset on gun violence, I think you are wrong. Guth's emotional and vitriolic comments on the navy yard shootings may not represent KU, but I'll bet they represent the opinions held by many, if not most, faculty members throughout academia.