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Oh, Sweet Irony By Chris Knight

     It is not good to laugh at others’ misfortunes, we all agree. There but for the grace of God, could be us. However, appreciating irony is an entirely different matter; it is a higher intellectual activity:

“A sociology professor at the College of Southern Nevada shot himself in the arm with a .22 pistol in protest of President Donald Trump. The professor’s wounds are not life-threatening, but he now faces multiple charges for bringing the gun onto campus to carry out the protest. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the professor, Mark J. Bird, shot himself in a bathroom on campus, then stumbled out, “bleeding, before he collapsed.” Bird taped a $100 bill to the mirror prior to shooting himself as a tip to the janitor for cleaning up the mess. Bird was hired by the college in 1993 and is currently a professor emeritus. The police report on the incident notes that “Bird said he had shot himself in protest of President Donald Trump.” Bird faces charges for firing a gun in a gun-free zone and also for “carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and possessing a dangerous weapon on school property.”

     Well it could have been worse. The sociologist could have done something much less constructive, such as write another politically correct sociology paper, explaining what in the heck he was hoping to prove by shooting himself. Perhaps next time, if he works this out, he might shot himself in the foot.



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