A West Virginia journalism professor at Marshall University wrote an op-ed accusing the National Rifle Association of treason and calling for members to be executed by firing squad.
In Christopher Swindell’s May 30 article from the Charleston Gazette titled “Gun safety debate is B.S.,” Swindell claims he’s pro-gun, but he cannot support gun advocates who suggest an armed rebellion against the government.
“I am not a New York gun control liberal,” Swindell wrote.“But, the gun safety debate is B.S. This foaming at the mouth, Obama [sic] is coming for the guns, Nanny Bloomberg is a bad billionaire, and most despicable of all, those survivors and victims are pawns in the liberal agenda is knuckle-dragging Cretan talk.”
He calls Sen. Joe Manchin’s gun control compromise “a decent attempt thwarted by extremists.”
“How does choosing a white, rich old man with an offensive degrading speech about the war of 'Northern Aggression' as NRA president forward a sense of reasonableness?” Swindell wrote.
Swindell was referring to new NRA president, James W. Porter Jr., who he believes is not interested in compromise or bringing in support from Republicans to pass future legislation. In a 2012 speech at a New York NRA meeting in Wallkill, Porter, 64, called the Civil War “the war of northern aggression,” claiming it led to the founding of the NRA. He also referred to President Obama as the “fake” president.
“The NRA advocates armed rebellion against the duly elected government of the United States of America," Swindell wrote. "That's treason, and it's worthy of the firing squad. The B.S. needs a serious gut check. We are not a tin pot banana republic where machine gun toting rebel groups storm the palace and depose the dictator.”
He added “To support the new NRA president's agenda of arming the populace for confrontation with the government is bloody treason.”
Swindell insisted he would protect the government from such a siege, using a lyric from the song "Courtesy of the Red White and Blue" by country music star Toby Keith: "We'll put a boot in your ---, it's the American way."
He then called for people who don’t support the NRA to “talk common sense” in upcoming elections.
“The 85 percent who support more robust background checks," Swindell said. "And when the next domestic terrorist with an assault rifle comes along, we can blame the leaders and fringe of the NRA for arming them.”
Since he wrote the op-ed, Swindell’s RateMyProfessor.com profile has gotten many new ratings from alleged students. One user called him an “angry little lonely boy.”
“He goes on rants about his opinions on subjects and tells them like fact and doesn't accept debate,” said another user. “He seems to get emotional about it, and sometimes it scares us because you dont know if hes going to hurt someone.”
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