Randolph Roth, a professor in the History Department of Ohio State University, was supposed to give a talk about a recently published book, American Homicide, which has a morbid focus on murder statistics throughout U.S. history.
In a heavily scripted dialogue with Fred Andrle, a former OSU radio host, Roth derailed any discussion of his book. Instead, he used his time to preach about a different topic- gun control. His remarks were so scathing and scattered that it appears the OSU Humanities Institute, which sponsored the event, has no plan to release the official video.
“As I tell my female friends, as we move towards equality… you have start to killing more people,” Roth said within minutes of beginning the discussion. He reiterated, “If you want to get rid of this gender business, you’ve got to start killing.” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSE7jSbrBGc)
The Ohio State Code of Conduct specifically bans “threatening action that endangers the safety, physical or mental health, or life of any person, or creates a reasonable fear of such action.”
Throughout the hour-and-a-half dialogue, Roth repeatedly belittled and derided supporters of the 2nd Amendment. He referred to them as “afraid” and “motivated by anger,” and stated that they “walk around in fear” and “worry about fellow Americans.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WyHEFnEO-0)
The professor of History conceded that he does not own a gun of any kind. Nevertheless, Roth stated that owners of AR-15s are dishonest if they claim to use it for hunting. He urged them to admit the rifle “facilitates mass-murder” and is used to “blow things up.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TU6Mkfv7sE)
Professor Roth threw a tangential fit about Republicans. “I was waiting on Election Night 2000 for some commentator to say, ‘that’s the electoral map of 1860.’ …It was the Union versus the Confederacy, for goodness sake,” he said. Roth also claimed that in Southern states, “all those kinds of problems [of the Civil War era] are still there.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NP55J7p80RY)
Roth also referred to Republican voters as “anti-Obama,” and insisted they voted out of “resistance to the idea of a black president.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugo6yeZNNmg)
The professor could not resist further digs at demographics he dislikes. During his anti-Republican rant, he suggested that their behavior mimicked apes. Regarding the resentment he perceives in Republicans, Roth said, “we can see this behavior, say, even in chimpanzees… when a male chimpanzee is humiliated and loses to a more powerful chimpanzee, they…