A history professor at the University of Rhode Island who called for the murder of National Rifle Association President (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre Friday is baffled by conservative online publication Campus Reform’s decision to report on his inappropriate tweets today.
Evidently I've advocated for the assassination of Wayne LaPierre. campusreform.org/blog/?ID=4544— Erik Loomis (@ErikLoomis) December 17, 2012
Erik Loomis, an assistant professor of history at the University of Rhode Island, posted a series of angry tweets directed at the NRA and LaPierre in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday.
While he was calling for an end to gun violence, his tweets turned violent when he called for LaPierre’s ”head on a stick”.
@rmccrory I was heartbroken in the first 20 mass murders. Now I want Wayne LaPierre's head on a stick.— Erik Loomis (@ErikLoomis) December 15, 2012
But it doesn’t look like Loomis is having any tweeter’s remorse, and all of his tweets shooting down the NRA are still available to the public.
Loomis not only blamed LaPierre for the shooting in Newtown, Conn., but Republicans everywhere. He proceeded to send multiple tweets dropping the F-bomb directed at the GOP, LaPierre and the NRA.
And while Americans mourned the death of 20 children and six faculty, Loomis advocated immediately politicizing this heart-breaking tragedy in another vulgar tweet containing the f-word.
Besides demanding the beheading of the NRA CEO and turning the organization into a scapegoat for the Sandy Hook shooting, Loomis also deemed the NRA a terrorist group.
Can we define NRA membership dues as contributing to a terrorist organization?— Erik Loomis (@ErikLoomis) December 14, 2012
After Campus Reform, a blog for conservative college students ran by the Leadership Institute, brought Loomis’ tweets to light, rather than apologize for his crude language, he attacked the article’s author, calling him a “David Horowitz wannabe.”
A David Horowitz wannabe is coming after me for calling the NRA a terrorist organization. Good times. campusreform.org/blog/?ID=4544— Erik Loomis (@ErikLoomis) December 17, 2012
According to the University of Rhode Island’s website, diversity is “stimulated by student, staff and faculty advocacy.” Apparently not.
Correction: We previously incorrectly stated that Loomis could be fired for his hate speech towards the NRA and that it could also affect his ability to get tenure. According to a spokesperson for The FIRE that is not the case and Loomis can neither be fired nor rejected tenure for his inappropriate statements.