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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.

Comments

Keith Richards 1 year, 1 month 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?

Seth Peterson 1 year, 1 month ago

He didn't do anything of the sort, excellent job throwing in a half-dozen argument fallacies in a single post, though.

"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."

That is what he said. He expressed outrage at an organization which he believes helps events like these shootings happen. I suppose in your mind this comment is probably more offensive than ACTUALLY shooting children as you've done more to put down his comments than to keep these shootings from happening.

Seth Peterson 1 year, 1 month ago

That's just it - it doesn't promote the death of NRA members children. Stay on top and don't try to dance the issue that has nothing to do with the discussion (your last sentence).

Fred Mertz 1 year, 1 month ago

Seth, what does it mean in the context of the shootings if it doesn't mean next time let it be NRA children that get shot?

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