Kansas First News contacted University of Kansas professor David Guth Friday morning for comment after the university placed him on administrative leave. The following is Guth’s reply:
“I have had conversations with the university and have agreed to this action in light of the abusive email threats I and others have received. It is in it the best interests and peace of mind of our students that I remove myself from the situation and let cooler heads prevail. It is unfortunate that my comments have been deliberately distorted. I know what I meant. Unfortunately, this is a topic that generates more heat than light. ”
Guth is facing criticism because of his Twitter post after the recent shootings in Washington, D.C., in which he says “blood is on the hands of the (hash)NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters.”
Guth says he wasn’t advocating violence, but was trying to make gun advocates see shootings from the point of view of the victims and their families.
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