All I can say is “He missed.”
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Mark J. Bird, an emeritus professor at the College of Southern Nevada, is facing charges for discharging a gun within a prohibited structure, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, and possessing a dangerous weapon on school property, all felonies. The charges, which have yet to be filed, are all “in connection with an on-campus shooting on the second day of classes.” The victim? Himself.
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.
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 that Bird was armed and had shot himself, according to the report.
The police report also notes that Bird told the concerned crowd that formed around him, administering comfort and aid until authorities arrived, that he had shot himself in protest of President Donald Trump.
Bird is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Las Vegas Justice Court on Sept. 17. The university has not yet stated what bearing, if any, the shooting will have on Bird’s status as a faculty member.
Bird’s academic field of specialization, incidentally, is human behavior.
Of the incident, all I can say is that if more Trump haters took similar steps to vent their frustrations, the country would be a better — and safer — place.