An assistant professor of history at the University of Rhode Island unleashed a flurry of profanity-ridden tweets demanding death for National Rifle Association executive Wayne LaPierre.
The professor, Erik Loomis, called for LaPierre’s “head on a stick,” reports Campus Reform. He also said that anyone who pays dues or gives money to the NRA is “contributing to a terrorist organization.”
“Fuck the NRA,” Loomis added in another tweet.
As College Insurrection notes, Loomis said that the senseless killing of 20 children and six teachers by lone gunman Adam Lanza has made him as angry as he was “the day we invaded Iraq” — possibly even angrier.
Loomis also used his Twitter account to argue that gun-control advocates should seize the Sandy Hook shooting as an opportunity to pass legislation limiting gun ownership.
“You are goddamn right we should politicize this tragedy,” Loomis tweeted, according to Campus Reform.
According to Twitchy, Loomis also retweeted a rant by The Rude Pundit saying, “First fucker to say the solution is for elementary school teachers to carry guns needs to get beaten to death.”
Loomis later insisted his calls for LaPierre’s murder shouldn’t be taken literally.
“Dear right-wing morons, saying you ‘want someone’s head on a stick’ is a metaphor,” wrote Loomis, according to College Insurrection. “I know metaphor is hard for you to understand.”
However, as Jim Treacher and Twitchy report, Loomis sang a much different tune in the wake of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting. At that time, he suggested that conservatives and the tea party movement in particular were wrong to use violent rhetoric.
“The whole Tea Party movement loses here because a lot of Americans are flinching in the face of the violent rhetoric that propelled them to power,” Loomis wrote after Jared Loughner allegedly shot Giffords outside a Safeway grocery store in Casas Adobes, Arizona.
Loomis singled out Sarah Palin for censure.
“She’s the one who had a target over Giffords’ district,” he wrote then. “Her aide claiming that it was actually surveyor symbols just insulted our intelligence.”