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A Nevada sociology professor faces felony gun charges after he shot himself in the arm on campus in what he told police was a protest of President Donald Trump. 


Mark J. Bird, a 69-year-old professor emeritus in the ​Department of Human Behavior at the College of Southern Nevada, blasted himself last month in a bathroom on the school's Charleston campus, The ​Las Vegas Review-Journal ​reported Tuesday

According to a police report on the incident, Bird told officers that he shot himself in protest of Trump but did not elaborate.  


Police were called after several staff members and a student saw Bird stumble out of the bathroom covered in blood and then collapse. In the bathroom, campus police found a 22-caliber handgun, an empty shell casing, and a $100 bill next to a note that read, "For the janitor."


While the injury was not life-threatening, Bird will be dealing with the consequences for some time. He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, discharging a gun within a prohibited structure, and possessing a dangerous weapon on school property, according to court filings. 


As of Tuesday, Bird was still a member of the college faculty, as he has been since 1993. College spokesman Richard Lake said Bird had not been scheduled to teach any courses in fall 2018 and it was unclear what if any disciplinary action would be taken against him. 


The school has not provided additional details on the shooting. President Federico Zaragoza only mentioned it at the bottom of a September ​newsletter that did not name Bird as the suspect and said police had concluded their investigation.


“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," Robert Manis, president of the Nevada Faculty Alliance, told the Review-Journal.


It was not the first time this year that a liberal self-harmed in the name of a political cause. In April, Gay rights attorney David S. Buckel ​committed suicide by setting himself on fire at a Brooklyn park to call attention to environmental issues. 


Some conservatives, like Mollie Hemingway, a senior editor at The Federalist, saw the professor's self-inflicted wound as telling of a larger issue in the anti-Trump ferment.

Others simply saw an acute case of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

To be fair: Trump presidency has ​brought out the worst in his supporters, too. 


Germania is a staff writer at Pluralist.

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