A Soft Target, a Deadly Tragedy and a Horrible Tweet
David Guth, a journalism professor at University of Kansas, wrote a tweet about the Navy Yard shooting (which occurred on September 16, 2013). He wrote “#Navy Yard Shooting 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.”
First let me say that the only information I have about both the Navy Yard shooting and David Guth is what I read in the news. Which means I only have part of the story. Reading about both Guth and the shooter (I refuse to use his name), I see one very important similarity between the two of them.
They both have/had hate in their hearts
Both men had/have hate in their hearts. The shooter’s hate may have come from his mental illness. Guth’s hate comes from… I don't know... possibly mental illness, or his parents, or his hoplophobia, or MSNBC, or the progressive political ideology. Or from all of them.
There is one difference between the two of them them. While the shooter went after adults, Guth went after children.
Yes, the shooter attacked with despicable action. And Guth attacked with despicable words.
The Navy Yard shooting happened on a military base in our Nations’ capital
The 20 victims were both military and civilian. There were only 7 Navy Yard Police Officers on duty for the entire base of 3,000 people. This is important because they are the only ones authorized to carry firearms on the base (a “gun free zone”).
This is what the military calls a soft target. A soft target is defined as person or thing that is relatively unprotected or vulnerable. And especially one that's vulnerable to military or terrorist attacks. It took about 30 minutes from the beginning of the shootings until the shooter was confronted and stopped by an armed officer.
When will people learn?
When will people stop blaming the firearms. When will people learn to start focusing on the evil men and women that actually carry out these atrocious acts?!
The blood is not on the hands of the NRA
The blood is directly on the hands of those that made this military base a soft target.
A message for Mr. Guth: Your hate not only clouds your ability to be a professional journalist, but probably also spreads to your students. As a parent and as someone that teaches at a college, I think that is deplorable. Shame on you, Mr. Guth. I hope that your employer has recognized you for the hate monger that you are. And I hope that your employment is terminated.
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