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NEW: URI Professor Under Fire for Calling NRA a ‘Terrorist Organization’

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


A University of Rhode Island professor is coming under fire for taking to Twitter to call the National Rifle Association (NRA) a terrorist group and for calling for NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre to be held accountable following the murder of 26 people in Newtown, CT last Friday.

Erick Loomis, a history professor, went on a rant that included blaming the NRA for the murders and calling its members terrorists. Loomis has come under fire in recent days for saying he wants LaPierre’s “head on a stick,” which led conservatives to claim he was calling for the NRA’s chief assassination.

Loomis has since deactivated his Twitter account, but he took to his blog to explain what he meant with his rant.

“So to clarify, I want to make it blindingly clear that I did not call for the assassination of Wayne LaPierre,” he wrote Tuesday. “In my world, calling for someone’s head on a stick is a metaphor to hold them responsible for their actions. I think the last time “head on a stick” actually meant murder was sometime around 1450. That anyone would take this seriously as a murder threat is completely absurd. What stinks about it is that it has now involved my family, colleagues, and university. So I’ll apologize to them and to anyone legitimately offended by my metaphor.”


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Everyone recognizes what took place in Newtown, CT last Friday was horrific beyond comprehension. However, calling people terrorists will not help the discussion as society tries to come up with plausible and realistic proposals to prevent these terrible acts. One would hope that someone in a position of influence by virtue of their position at our state university would display more maturity and self discipline.

Comment #1 by Harold Stassen on 2012 12 19

Talk about a loose canon, this is equivalent to blaming AAA (American Automobile Association) for car accidents.

So Prof. Loomis, a history professor no less, history of what? Remember what the Second Amendment is about? It's about keeping the people in charge, making sure they could protect the country against enemies foreign and domestic. That domestic one is Government getting too big for it's britches.

Maybe U.S. History isn't your strong suit. Let's try World History, What do all dictators in the last century have in common before they slaughtered their own people? From the Ottoman Empire, and Nazi Germany to Pol Pot's Cambodia, the Bosnian and Rwanda Genocides. Firearms control. You have to disarm the people before you can be a dictator. It's happened every time.

But as Rahm Emanuel said "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."

What he means is take freedoms away from those that are emotionally stressed and thinking with their hearts and not their heads.

Comment #2 by Wuggly Ump on 2012 12 20

We can put Prof Loomis in the same category as this Woonsocket lady. The "Dope Category."

Woonsocket Police Arrest Woman For Threatening Teacher Through Pothier School Window

Comment #3 by Chris MacWilliams on 2012 12 20

Let's hope Loomis continues to gass off in this manner. He does a fine job of exposing the ugliness behind the smiley-face of Nanny State Anti-Gun liberalism.

Those of us who've followed the anti-gun quacks's endless false arguments for decades aren't at all surprised to see them yet again klomping noisily around, trying to exploit a 'tragedy too good to waste' to pimp their rotten, commie agenda.

Gun laws do not stop criminals. Criminals ignore gun laws. This is why they're known as 'criminals'.

Gun laws regulate the behavior of law abiding citizens.

Comment #4 by paul zecchino on 2012 12 20

URI enjoys a fine reputation not only in RI but around the world, its engineering, oceanography, and speech programs among others are well respected.

A shame this one is allowed to tar this fine institution with the broad brush of his tiresome neighborhood-agitator invective.

Some say he should be censured for speech and/or conduct unbecoming. On the other hand, best to leave him in place as an example of the ugly soul of liberal anti-gun fanatics, whose 'gun free', i.e. Sitting Duck Zone laws, cost Americans their lives.

He also nicely explains, given his privilege of bending young impressionable minds, why we've become so suddenly dumbed-down.

He is the exception to an otherwise well regarded faculty.

Comment #5 by paul zecchino on 2012 12 20

PS -

Loomis of course, being a good liberal who makes up his facts as he goes along, is oblivious to the fact that the NRA instructors train the majority of America's police forces in safe and accurate firearms handling practices.

This may be of interest to him in that he relies upon police to protect him and his family.

Liberals are a study in irony.

Comment #6 by paul zecchino on 2012 12 20

I didn't know I was a terrorist. Thanks for filling me in professor. I agree with another poster...a history professor who dosen't know what the 2nd amendment is for (protecting the citizens from their government) is the big tragedy here.

Comment #7 by Dave Barry on 2012 12 20


This is what the liberals like to call "hate speech."

So it seems appropriate to use your side's own BS against you by calling your words hate speech.

Comment #8 by Art West on 2012 12 20

URI has some really good professors-he apparently isn't one of them judging by his remarks.
I know I can be caustic pretty often,but I'm not teaching young people.
The Newtown mass murder was so hard to comprehend for any reasonably normal person that there is a need to DO something or SAY something that one hopes will make it better.There's no making it better.Some things can be done,but not in the heat of the moment when emotions quite understandably are very intense.

Comment #9 by Joseph Bernstein on 2012 12 22

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