Social media and guns keep getting people into trouble.
First David W. Guth, an associate professor of journalism at the University of Kansas, made national headlines and drew criticism with a tweet after the 2013 Washington Navy Yard shooting, saying “blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters.”
This week Gregory Beck picked up a lot of heat for comments he made on Facebook. Beck was a school board member in a town neighboring Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders and six educators were gunned down Dec. 14, 2012, in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
In a tribute to the Newtown victims called “26 Days of Kindness,” Beck wrote on Facebook that for his acts of kindness he would give ammunition to his friends on each of the 26 days, The Associated Press reports. Beck, 26, later apologized, but the firestorm his comments created also resulted in his resignation from the school board.
Social media is an important form of communicating, but once again people must exercise good judgment before they post anything.