Monday, April 23, 2007

"celebration of victimhood"

His views may have gotten him fired.
An Emmanuel College professor has been fired after re-enacting the Virginia Tech massacre in his classroom in order to air a pro-gun viewpoint that offended students at the Catholic liberal arts school, the professor charged yesterday.

Nicholas Winset said he was terminated and permanently barred from campus following a Wednesday lecture in which he dramatized the massacre to show that deranged gunman Cho Seung-Hui could have been stopped if another student had been carrying a gun.

“If there were more guns in society, the response time to the (rampage) might have been much faster,” said Winset, an adjunct professor of financial accounting. “Someone might have been able to do something to stop it.”
Now as a private organization, I feel they should be able to fire anyone for any reason. If they did fire him for his views, then they're asses.

This professor is of the Internet age, and is fighting back.
On Saturday, Winset posted an 18-minute defense of his actions on, a popular website for homemade video clips.

Under the title "Fired Professor Speaks Out!" the four-part video features Winset describing the lecture that led to his dismissal. He said it included a brief discussion of gun control, whether to respond to violence with violence, and the public's "celebration of victimhood" in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings
Here they are if you want to watch them.

Fired professor speaks out, part 1 of 4
Fired professor speaks out, part 2 of 4
Fired professor speaks out, part 3 of 4
Fired professor speaks out, part 4 of 4

what did he do that was so horrible?
Winset said he opened the discussion by summarizing nonviolent philosophies, such as Tibetan Buddhism.

Afterward , "I walked among them, [aiming a marker at students] and went 'bang' five or six times," Winset said in the telephone interview. He then held up his hands, signaling to a student he had prepped before class, to draw his own marker and point it at Winset, "at which point, I went down," Winset said.

"Why did I stop?" Winset asked his 23 undergraduate students , before someone replied that the "gunman" was shot.

"So guns maybe aren't all bad," Winset told the group.
Reaction to this forewarned demonstration.
After class, students and parents contacted officials at the Catholic liberal arts school in Boston, ........
I guess some like their "victimhood".

This article is being tagged with a new term. "Thought crime". This professor thought things others did not like, and suffered for it.

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