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The man with the gun

Shooting birds on campus

by Brice Simmons/Campus & Features

 

The shooting happened in the maintenance building on Lake Land's campus. Even though the air rifle was low powered, it is still illegal to bring a gun onto campus.  Photo by Elizabeth Schaub

The shooting happened in the maintenance building on Lake Land’s campus. Even though the air rifle was low powered, it is still illegal to bring a gun onto campus.
Photo by Elizabeth Schaub

On May 3 of last year a BB gun was brought to campus for the purpose of shooting at pigeons that were being a nuisance in the maintenance building, according to an interview with former President Scott Lensink by the Journal Gazette and Times-Courier (JG-TC). The shooter was a Lake Land College employee who oversought  student workers.

According to JG-TC the BB gun brought to campus was a Daisy Red Rider. This air rifle can only be considered illegal if it shoots 700 feet per second; however, this particular rifle only shoots about 350 feet per second. As stated by Lensink, this is “probably one of the lowest powered rifles on the market.” This being said, it is still illegal to bring a gun onto campus.

Lake Land College proclaimed that they took appropriate action in this matter and that the committee handled this “personal matter” according to JG-TC.

In a personal interview with a student who has experience with this particular air rifle, he proclaimed that “I’ve been shot by that gun many times. A bee sting feels worse. The only way that the Red Rider is dangerous is if someone gets shot directly in the eye.”

That being said, the only thing left to look at is if there was anyone in danger due to the employees act. This is yet to be determined. According to the Lake Land committee, however, he did not commit a crime worth being fired over.

After the incident, he continued to work at Lake Land. He later quit the maintenance job for other undisclosed reasons and is now employed elsewhere.

 


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