Lewis Diuguid

September 23, 2013

Blowback in Kansas follows anti-NRA tweet

Kansas as a beet red state is not the best place for anyone to say nasty things about the National Rifle Association. Free speech about the NRA isn’t free when what anyone might say, blog or tweet isn’t favorable to that gun advocacy group.

People shouldn’t tweet or post on a blog anything they wouldn’t shout in church or on the job. That lesson keeps getting relearned through unfortunate object lessons.

David W. Guth, an associate professor of journalism at the University of Kansas, was put on indefinite administrative leave Friday for a tweet criticizing the National Rifle Association after the Washington Navy Yard mass shooting. The NRA is a big, easy, convenient target, but it also has a lot of vocal supporters.

Kansas as a beet red state is not the best place for anyone to say nasty things about the NRA. The conservative politics of Kansas won’t tolerate it.

Free speech about the NRA isn’t free when what anyone might say, blog or tweet isn’t favorable to that gun advocacy group.

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