To the editor:
In reference to the controversial Tweet by Kansas University journalist professor David Guth, I believe the concept of the Second Amendment should encourage civil discourse, as his actions have. But how that discourse takes place is vital to the health of our democracy. The outlandish and provocative approach brought forth by Guth does nothing to help our society fix the problem we face of mass shootings, a problem I think we can all readily agree our country needs to face regardless of partisan politics.
The real issue with our epidemic, if you will, of mass shootings could be argued on a basis of many different political perspectives. To find which perspective would be best requires civil discourse. With civil discourse comes a responsibility to not demonize or express poisonous thoughts about one’s political opponents. These outlandish remarks, even by means of social media do nothing to help the rule of law and our ability to clearly see, debate, and understand issues dealing with mass violence our society has seen time and time again.
As a matter of fact, on behalf of KU Young Americans for Liberty, we formally invite Professor Guth to debate gun control with us. I contend a different approach than a Twitter post attacking the NRA would be more helpful to everyone. Maybe then we can get closer to the heart of the problem America faces today with its epidemic of mass shootings.