University of Kansas Professor Suspended over NRA Tweet won’t Return for Remainder Of 2013

Calls For Immediate Dismissal Of KU Professor David Guth After Wishing Death on NRA Children
KU Professor David Guth Wishing Death on NRA members Children

Charlotte, NC –-( Last month, we reported on the case of University of Kansas journalism professor David Guth who, in the wake of the atrocity at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., singled out the NRA as the cause of the violence and offered what he considered just recompense.

“The blood is on the hands of the NRA,” he wrote in a tweet on his personal account.  “Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters.  Shame on you.  May God damn you.”

When contacted by Campus Reform and given an opportunity for further comment or perhaps to offer a retraction or some context for apparently wishing death on the children of those associated with the NRA, Guth’s response was:

“Hell no, hell no, I do not regret that Tweet.  I don’t take it back one bit.”  “God’s justice takes many forms,” he added in another tweet.

The University of Kansas subsequently suspended Guth for his comments, saying;

“In order to prevent disruptions to the learning environment for students, the School of Journalism and the university, I have directed Provost Jeffrey Vitter to place Associate Professor Guth on indefinite administrative leave pending a review of the entire situation.”

The university released an additional statement condemning Guth’s tweet, saying;

“The contents of Professor Guth’s tweet were repugnant and in no way represent the views or opinions of the University of Kansas.  [I]t is truly disgraceful that these views were expressed in such a callous and uncaring way.  We expect all members of the university community to engage in civil discourse and not make inflammatory and offensive comment.”

An article in The Republic newspaper reports that the chancellor of the University of Kansas announced on Thursday that Guth will not return to teaching for the rest of the semester.  University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little issued a press release stating that Guth would instead be assigned to “other duties” and that he would take a planned sabbatical in the spring.

According to the news article, the university’s decision to keep Guth out of the classroom this semester was based on the recommendation of a seven-member committee the chancellor assembled to determine whether Guth could return to teaching without disrupting the “learning environment,” according to the university’s press release.

The article went on to note that some legislators have called for the university to terminate Guth and have suggested they would vote against any university spending measure in 2014 if he remained on the faculty.

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Bill Butler

Thanks to the Univ.of Kansas administrators. This fellow needs a wake up call and appears he got a small one. Act like an adult and your opinion is valid, albiet different from mine. Keep it civil and set a positive example for your students. To do otherwise is unacceptable.


I called and talked to the Provost Secretary, she was nice and told me that she would relay the message I sent, and that the ASSt. Professor has tenure, he can’t be fired. See ya in hell David Guth.


An university took action against a liberal a$$hole. Maybe there is hope for this country after all.


The fact is, his statements clearly show he does not believe people have the right to defend themselves. They also show that he thinks people who do not believe as he does should be killed along with their children. This view is anti-American at best, and traitorous at worst – not to mention he has committed assault with his statements. He has the right to express himself, but not threaten the lives of others. When we hear statements such as the ones he made, Americans have the DUTY to protect our lives and our rights that are bestowed by God… Read more »


Freedom of speech is alive and protected, But He crossed the line to showing his vicious bigotry, in effect verbal terrorism, against people he does not or will ever know. Even if he is made to publicly recant his words, who will trust him to keep his opinions separate from his public teaching curriculum?


Can’t agree with what they did. He should have been released with NO PAY. There are consequences for our actions. He should be prepared to face those consequences. I liken what he did to hollering “fire” in a crowded theater. His antics could do much to stir up another gun wielding crazy.


I agree. But what ever happened to freedom of speech ?

Darwin Smith

I love the right of expression. I love that this professor expressed himself. I love that this upcoming semester, he can spend many long hours with his family, instead of being surrounded by strangers for 8-10 hours a day. I hope this becomes the new norm for him. Now… if he were to return, I would hope his students were to stand up after class begins, and turn their back to him, to show a lack of support for his violent views. Maybe then he would return to enjoying time with his family, knowing that his advocation of violence was… Read more »


Here’s his email addy – [email protected]