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Letter: Bullying tactics

October 29, 2013

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To the editor:

I am appalled by the bullying tactics of some of our legislators, who threaten to cut the Kansas University budget if Prof. Guth is not fired. Sen.Terry Bruce of Hutchinson does not go that far, but talks of the “culture of violence” that Guth allegedly “glorified” and accuses KU of sharing the same if it does not take “stronger sanctions” against him (Journal-World, Oct. 25). Guth has explained that he did not threaten anyone, but his original damning of the NRA — for opposing any regulations or restrictions on gun purchase — clearly touched a nerve in Kansas.

In fact, our country is living in a culture of violence, with almost weekly reports of shootings. Since, aside from gang murders, most of the victims are shot by mentally unbalanced individuals, this suggests that a gun purchaser, whether in a shop or online, should present a written statement by a doctor that he/she does not suffer from this ailment.

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Keith Richards 5 months, 3 weeks ago

"Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters." What does this sentence mean? Is that basic enough for you? Can you twist these nine words into some other meaning? I believe my question to be exactly on point. My point is that stating these words, "Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters" in the context of shootings is offensive. To prove the hypocrisy of defending these words is if one changed the context of the group it was aimed at, and targeted a race, you would not agree with this man. But since you are pro gun control, it is o.k. to say these words. I know Guth does not want children murdered. But the man will not come out say that he made a mistake and misspoke and he is sorry. The apology he gave placed the blame on others. Why is it so hard to say," I'm sorry and I regret my actions."

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Keith Richards 5 months, 3 weeks ago

"The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you." This comment expresses outrage by wishing the death of NRA members children, that is the problem. By wishing the death of NRA children does not help gun control issues, it actually has the opposite effect. I feel that putting down Guth's offensive statements does more to promote gun control then agreeing with him. Seth, do you feel promoting the death of NRA members children is a positive step in advancing the gun control argument?

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Keith Richards 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Anna, I find it appalling anyone would support a man who states that he wished the NRA members children are shot the next time there is a maniac on a shooting spree. "Guth explained he did not threaten anyone." Who claims he made a threat? Guth made an offensive statement about wishing certain children were shot. The statement was made. There is no way to spin it or "misconstrue" the words. Guth has never made a real apology for his words, only said he was sorry others misconstrued his words. That is not an apology. The man made a very offensive statement and now he is paying the price. If Guth wished the death of a certain race of children, there would be huge outrage. Are the children of NRA members any less valuable then any other child?

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Radislav Radivinski 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Guth didn't say that he was going to kill the children of NRA members. He expressed a wish at someone else would do that. BTW, according the FBI stats, violent crime is much lower than it's been in the past. What is happening is that the media pumps up every crime that they can use to advance the civilian disarmament agenda.

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