We get it. A lot of academia doesn’t particularly like the president. We’ve seen that in countless stories of liberal professors and their efforts to not just deride President Trump but also to feed into the Trump Derangement Syndrome sweeping the left.
However, one Nevada professor took TDS in a whole new direction.
A longtime College of Southern Nevada sociology professor is facing felony gun charges in connection with an on-campus shooting on the second day of classes.
Mark J. Bird, 69, was charged last month with discharging a gun within a prohibited structure, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and possessing a dangerous weapon on school property, court records show. He was found bleeding from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his arm about 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 28 outside a bathroom in the Charleston campus K building.
Inside the bathroom, campus police found a $100 bill taped to a mirror along with a note that said, “For the janitor,” according to Bird’s arrest report. On the floor of the restroom was a black-and-white, .22-caliber pistol and one spent shell casing.
The sociology professor was hired Aug. 26, 1993, and was an emeritus faculty member at the time of the shooting, college spokesman Richard Lake said. Bird was not scheduled to teach any courses during the fall 2018 semester.
Bird was employed with the college as of Tuesday, although Lake said it was not clear what disciplinary actions, if any, would be taken against him.
A 911 call was made after several CSN employees and at least one student saw Bird stumble out of the bathroom, bleeding, before he collapsed, the report said. None of the witnesses — who later told police they only recalled hearing “a loud noise” — initially knew Bird was armed and had shot himself, according to the report.
One college employee told police that he held Bird’s hand to calm him down as others tried to stop the bleeding. While waiting for authorities to arrive, Bird said he had shot himself in protest of President Donald Trump, police noted in their report. The report did not elaborate.
In the process of making his protest, however, Bird managed also to illustrate a point about gun control.
You see, Nevada doesn’t have campus carry. It’s illegal to carry a firearm on a college campus, even if you do have a permit, which Bird apparently didn’t. But the law didn’t stop him from carrying a firearm onto that campus. Laws didn’t stop him from discharging his weapon like an absolute moron. There was nothing on Earth that stopped him from taking that gun on campus except good judgment that he obviously lacks.
Laws only do two things. One, they discourage the law-abiding. The other is give law enforcement grounds to punish those who aren’t law-abiding. That’s it. It doesn’t actually stop anything.
Just like how it didn’t stop Bird from carrying a firearm on campus and shooting himself in the arm “in protest.”
The only saving grace in all this is that Bird only shot himself, not someone else. Frankly, this is the act of someone unhinged enough to have popped off a shot or two at someone with a MAGA hat, so I guess we can count this one as a win.
Hat tip: The Truth About Guns