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Letter: Overreaction

September 28, 2013

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To the editor:

One is dismayed at Kansas University’s overreaction to Professor David Guth’s Tweet expressing outrage concerning the murderous U.S. gun climate, unique among developed nations. Obviously, he was simply employing hyperbole of the type, “As I told you a million times …” to make the point shared by so many of us that these mass killings must not continue.

KU already has sufficient financial concerns without exposing itself to a possible lawsuit brought by an American citizen based on one’s First Amendment right to free speech.

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Paul R Getto 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Show some guts, KU. If you do not, the Kaniban party will pick off professors one by one until we look like Liberty University.

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Larry Moss 6 months, 3 weeks ago

You have expressed yourself in support of the Professor. You have done it in a way that no one would call for your dismissal. The Professor, a journalism Professor could have done the same and never become embroiled in the controversy either. But, he didn't. And his over the top choice of words sank him, permanently I hope.

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kansas45 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Along with the college professor who stated that Florida had made it legal to shoot children, Guth uses the his position to declare his political views and draw attention under the pretext of stirring debate. Both state that they were not trying to be offensive towards the opposition. Yeah right! I got a bridge I will sale you, too.

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Brock Masters 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I suppose people are sensitive about wishing harm to children even when used in hyperbole.

We have the right to free speech, but so do others who are free to agree, criticize and condemn. It is the American way.

When Peck joked about shooting illegals from a helicopter the reaction was just as strong.

The lesson learned? Hyperbole and humor don't get you a pass when you talk about killing innocent people especially children.

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Dont_Tread_On_Me 6 months, 3 weeks ago

You must not have read his comments. He did not express outrage, he hoped NRA member's children would be killed next. He has done nothing illegal and cannot and should not be prosecuted for anything. BUT, he did say something dangerous and stupid and should accordingly be fired.

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