History professor Erik Loomis deletes his Twitter account after backlash from conservatives for anti-NRA tweets

The history professor who said he wanted to see the National Rifle Association’s CEO Wayne LaPierre’s “head on a stick” deleted his Twitter account today after receiving backlash from conservatives for his tactless tweets directed at the NRA in response to the Sandy Hook shooting.

Just a day ago, the University of Rhode Island professor Erik Loomis bragged on Twitter that he would not back down from this “right wing intimidation”.

Well, Loomis  did hang in there for almost a whole day, but the “right-wing intimidation” proved to be too much for the so-called educator, and he ultimately took down his account, depriving the Twitterverse of his profound tweets like this one:

Before completely deleting his account, Loomis first deleted his Assistant Professor position at the University of Rhode Island from his Twitter bio, according to to political commentator Michelle Malkin’s news site, Twitchy.com.

Loomis started to crack this morning when he said he woke up to several “gun nuts” attacking him on Twitter, but apparently all of the “gun nuts” ultimately ran him off the social media site.

Friday after the Connecticut Massacre, Loomis also ranted on Twitter that the NRA was “a terrorist organization” and demanded the CEO’s “head on a stick”.

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.

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  1. Adam Kissel says:

    Actually, he can’t be fired for this expression. You don’t need tenure to have the protection of the First Amendment, and it is OK to identify your job position when speaking, especially when you are a professor. Nobody ever thinks you are officially speaking for the university just because you list your position as a professor.

    Also, he’s right that his hyperbolic speech, like it or not, was metaphorical and not a true threat.

    1. Francesca Chambers Francesca Chambers says:

      Per our conversation on twitter (which notably took place after you left this comment, and before I saw this comment), the piece has been updated to reflect that he cannot be fired for his hate speech toward the NRA. However, the article never claimed that he couldn’t or shouldn’t identify his position when speaking or in his twitter bio, only that he removed it before deleting his account, so I did not address that portion of your comment as it was not relevant to what was written.

      Also, his speech throughout his time on twitter was inappropriate and not becoming of a professor. He may have the right to say it, but that does not mean he should or that it should not be brought to light. He is not fit to teach, and we stand by that.

    2. Brad says:

      Right, unitil someone says Obamas head should be on a stick, then every left-wing fanatic will be all over that!

  2. Cindy freeman says:

    This is what passes for a deep thinker in the Progressive movement. He should be fired. But, there would have to be some self awareness in the hierarchy of the university for that to happen. I won’t be holding my breath. By the way, how old is this guy? He seems sort of adolescent.

  3. Darrel says:

    Here is the turds direct email: eloomis@mail.uri.edu

  4. Joe Learned says:

    “First fucker to say teachers should be armed should get beaten to death.”. -Erik Loomis

    1. Jeff Howard says:

      The previous repost by Joe Learned of Erik Loomis’ post on 12/19 at 7:04pm really shows the arrogance and stupidity of Loomis (so much for being a professor). He just doesn’t get it. Its not how someone is killed for they’re just as dead afterwards, its the attitude of the killer. This shows Loomis’ attitude is just as repulsive by saying “.. should be beaten to death.” Would it make any difference if he had said ” … should be shot.”? He just exudes hatred and is one individual I would be very leery of just as much as any shooter. There was a case in China (that has very strict gun laws) where a killer, lacking a gun, used a knife to kill 8 school children. What if the perpetrator had beaten them to death? The kids are just as dead.
      http://daysofourtrailers.blogspot.com/2010/03/it-cant-happen-without-guns.html

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