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KU Professor Under Fire, Placed on Leave for Tweet


UPDATE:Professor David Guth has now been placed on administrative leave by KU. Read the statement from KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little here.


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A University of Kansas journalism professor is facing criticism because of his Twitter post after the recent shootings in Washington, D.C., in which he wrote "blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters." David Guth, an associate professor of journalism, tweeted the comment in the aftermath of the Navy Yard shootings Monday that left people dead, including the assailant. Timothy Caboni, vice chancellor for public affairs at Kansas, called the comment "repugnant." Ann Brill, dean of the journalism school, says Guth's views don't represent the university, which doesn't advocate violence. Guth says he wasn't advocating violence, but was trying to make gun advocates see shootings from the point of view of the victims and their families.


The Kansas Senate's Majority leader, Terry Bruce, issued a news release yesterday (THUR), calling for KU to fire Guth. Bruce, a Hutchinson Republican, said the comments were "...not befitting of an employee of such a distinguished university." The Kansas State Rifle Association is also calling for the professor's dismissal.

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