Erik Loomis wants gun group declared “terrorist organization”
Paul Joseph Watson
December 18, 2012
A professor at the University of Rhode Island has found himself embroiled in controversy after tweeting what many assumed to be a death threat against National Rifle Association President Wayne LaPierre.
Professor Erik Loomis got into hot water with second amendment activists when he tweeted, “I was heartbroken in the first 20 mass murders. Now I want Wayne LaPierre’s head on a stick,” in response to last week’s Connecticut school massacre.
Loomis followed up the tweet with a string of subsequent missives, including his most recent tweet in which he called on the Obama administration to “repeal the second amendment.”
Loomis’ desire to see NRA head LaPierre’s “head on a stick,” which in a historical context was used as a brutal way of using an executed dissident’s severed head to warn others against misbehaving, was taken by many as a direct threat but Loomis himself denied he was calling for LaPierre to be assassinated.
“Dear rightwingers, to be clear, I don’t want to see Wayne LaPierre dead. I want to see him in prison for the rest of his life,” tweeted Loomis, labeling the NRA a “terrorist organization” and complaining of there being a “rightwing campaign” against him.
The fact that the University of Rhode Island is a taxpayer funded state university only increased the vitriol directed against Loomis, leading him to complain that he was forced to “block 20 gun nuts from my twitter feed.”
“You are goddamn right we should politicize this tragedy,” Loomis remarked in another tweet. “Fuck the NRA.”
Given that Loomis is a professor of history, one finds it alarming that he fails to grasp the very reason the founding fathers included the second amendment as part of the US Constitution in the first place – to defend against the kind of tyranny imposed by the ruling British empire, which Americans once fought off with guns – and lots of them.
His obsession with portraying his political adversaries as violent extremists who cause school shootings is also ironic given Loomis’ history of violent rhetoric.
“In March of this year, he called for a “decades-long fight to the death [against conservatives]. That’s the nation’s only hope.” The questionable rhetoric appeared in an essay ironically titled, “Are Conservatives Any Crazier Today Than 50 Years Ago?” Clearly the professor, who has violent impulses is projecting his own character flaws onto conservatives,” writes Thomas Lifson.