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Vegas Prof. Shoots Self as an Anti-Trump Protest

In August of this year, 69-year-old Mark J. Bird, a sociology professor intentionally shot himself in the arm as- he says- a protest against the president. In so doing, he violated a number of laws and local ordinances such as carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, discharging a firearm in a prohibited location, and possibly endangering students.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reported that Bird had taped a $100 bill to the mirror of the bathroom with a note that read, “for the janitor.” That’s nice, and while it’s good that he did take the time to think about the trouble he was causing the cleanup crew- he did not think of the damage he was doing to the anti-gun rights cause.

Namely, by bringing a gun onto a college campus and using it within deadly range of students and faculty while violating a handful of laws, Bird proved conclusively that gun control laws do not work.

It’s unclear how the sociology teacher believed that shooting himself in the arm would hurt Donald Trump. At present it might be sufficient to say that the man had a clear case of Trump Derangement Syndrome; a satirical condition that appears to be more real and less satirical with each passing news cycle.

The professor joined the college staff in 1993. He was an emeritus member of the faculty according to Richard Lake, a college spokesman. This coming Fall season, Bird was not slated to teach any classes. As yet, the school has not taken any disciplinary action against the professor, and they do not have any plans to.

One student called emergency services when professor Bird was seen stumbling out of the bathroom bleeding and staggering. The professor fell to the floor where he was later collected by emergency medical personnel.

Other students reported hearing what they called a loud noise, though a .22 caliber shot report from inside a well-insulated lavatory would almost certainly not be terribly loud. One employee of the college told police that he had tried to hold Bird’s hand and comfort him while others worked to stop the blood gushing from his wound.

During the interim before the authorities could arrive, Bird told the people surrounding him there on the floor that he had done this to himself in order to protest the Trump administration. The incident took place at 8:15 am and the campus was declared safe at 9:00 am that morning. A campus-wide alert informed students that the gun had been sequestered and was in the control of authorities.

The faculty president Robert Manis said, “They never really told the students much about it except that it was resolved on the actual day of the shooting. When you don’t give the full details, then rumors go crazy. It’s unfortunate because it made the students and faculty very afraid and allowed rumors to proliferate.”

The college president, Federico Zaragoza released a statement that was published in the college newsletter, saying “I appreciate all of the expressions of concern and interest, and I pledge to keep everyone updated should the situation change.” A typical information-free administrative statement.

Further details about Bird’s mental health and his motivations have not been pursued by the press either local or national. But this is clearly another expression of the increasingly violent nature of the anti-Trump movement. The story has not gone beyond local Los Vegas papers and it is highly unlikely to reach national media.

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