An anti-gun professor at Southern State Community College (SSCC) in Ohio James Pearce posted some violent words on his Facebook page last month, calling for a mass shooting at the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia and ensuring that there were “no survivors.”
Further, he called for “Washington lobbyists” to also be killed, all so that gun control proponents could “see some legislative action on assault weapons.”
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Days after his June 13 post, Pearce’s comments were sent to the authorities, and an investigation ensued. The case was referred to the FBI and Department of Homeland Security. According to Campus Reform, the SSCC president was advised by the Attorney General to “take no action until the Feds had completed an investigation.”
The director for public relations at SSCC Kris Kross told Campus Reform that it was their policy not to comment on individual personnel matters. Asked whether Professor Pearce would continue to teach there at SSCC, Kross noted that a criminal prosecution could affect the professor’s employment, but that “a report does not necessarily mean an investigation.”
Conservative professors have been suspended and/or fired for far less.
This particular professor at Roosevelt University told a politically incorrect joke and got fired without explanation. The professor was never made aware of why he was fired until two months after the fact. Want to know what he said that got him fired? He told this joke in class:
“A group of sociologists did a poll in Arizona regarding the state’s new immigration law. Sixty percent said they were in favor, and 40 percent said, ‘No hablo Ingles.’”
A student took offense, reported him, and he got fired. The student claimed that his joke amounted to “harassment.”
Can you imagine if the SSCC professor had instead called for mass shootings at Planned Parenthood clinics, until “we see some legislative action on” abortion? All of a sudden, that policy of not commenting on “individual personnel matters” wouldn’t apply anymore. They’d fire him in a heartbeat. The media would eviscerate him, calling him a “typical” pro-life, gun nut, domestic terrorist.
But since it’s an anti-gun professor calling for mass shootings at the “evil” NRA, it’s okay. I mean, we shouldn’t jump to any conclusions just yet. He probably didn’t mean it. We should just wait until a judge sorts it out.