1st & 2nd Amendments Collide
Journalism professor David Guth posts a tweet directed at members of the National Rifle Association concerning the mass murder committed at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Gun rights advocates voice displeasure and a firestorm ensues, with some legislators calling for his firing or funds would be pulled from KU.
The tweet stated: “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.”
Guth was later placed on academic leave by the Chancellor Gray-Little.
On October 2, 2013, over 100 retired and active staff and faculty release a signed statement in support of Guth’s freedom of speech. The Kansas Board of Regents adopted a policy regarding the improper use of social media on December 18, 2013.