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February 15, 2006

my two cents

I haven't blogged about Dick Cheney shooting his hunting companion.
I didn't write about it because I LIKE Dick Cheney and I couldn't think of a way to spin the story to avoid stating the obvious: Cheney was careless.

If I had done what Cheney did when I was a boy, my father would have whipped my ass, taken away my gun and put me in the doghouse forever. Cheney made every gun owner in the country look dangerous because he ignored three of the four basic rules of shooting.

The Four Rules 1. All firearms are loaded 2. Never let the muzzle of a firearm point at anything you are not willing to destroy 3. Keep your finger off the trigger unless your sights are on the target 4. Be sure of your target and what is behind it

The rules are simple and easy to follow. Every time you read about a firearm "accident," you'll find that somebody violated at least one of these rules. Dick Cheney should have known better.

Don't get me wrong--- I would still rather go hunting with Dick Cheney than ride in a car with Ted Kennedy, but I'm not about to defend what Cheney did. He was careless, period. And when you get careless with a firearm, bad things can happen.

I just hope he's man enough to quit making excuses and take responsibility for his actions. (Mrs. Armstrong has downplayed the accident, saying, "This is something that happens from time to time. You know, I've been peppered pretty well myself.") That's pure bullshit and Cheney needs to stand up and admit it. He's not doing gun owners any favors by suggesting that shooting somebody is kinda par for the course when bird hunting. It AIN'T, and I have just one thing to say about it:

He fucked up.

Comments

One law for the rich and one for the poor, springs to mind!

Posted by: Dave on February 15, 2006 10:31 AM

I'm personally tired of hearing about it the few times I actually do put the news on.

Posted by: Maeve on February 15, 2006 10:34 AM

Rob, I've been thinking about this incident...and wondered why the Secret Service didn't spot a man walking toward the VP with a GUN. He could have had bad intentions.

Don't get me wrong because I am NOT blaming them. I just believe the "victim" was out of sight until the last second...perhaps in a lower laying land area.

Plus what goes UP, comes down, and if the man was not only beyond the game but also in a lower area the pellets start to come down.

I don't know, I just have questions about the whole thing.

Posted by: Maggie on February 15, 2006 10:37 AM

You know the worst accidents happen when you think you know what you're doing.

Posted by: Terry on February 15, 2006 10:57 AM

Yep, I woulda got my hide tanned too. Wait, I DID get my hide tanned for doing the same thing.

It's an accident, and I pray for Whittington's recovery. I'm sure he'll be fine. It's NOT a national fucking news story.

hey, By the Way, looks like you are the unequalled king of the crapbloggers, Rob!

Posted by: og on February 15, 2006 11:06 AM

I'm still waiting for the first interview from the "Victim" It would be realy interesting to here his side of the story.

Posted by: Wizard on February 15, 2006 11:46 AM

I was a deputy game warden back in the 70's & 80's. I talked to people that were involved in accidental shootings. One thing I know for sure, is Mr. Cheney is mentally beating himself up for doing such a stupid thing. A lot of people in his position would never touch another gun.

Posted by: lefty on February 15, 2006 11:59 AM

Not ever having owned a gun or gone hunting, I'm not sure if the "victim" was supposed to have announced his presence or not. I've heard that you are supposed to let the others around you know where you are or what you are planning to do.

Is that true or was someone trying to "spin" this on the news?

Posted by: A Different Kim on February 15, 2006 03:38 PM

Mr. Cheney appears to be a stand-up guy, just as I expected.

I do think the MSM spin-meisters are trying to make a mountain out of this particular molehill, though.

Posted by: Grumpy Old Ham on February 15, 2006 06:52 PM

Christ, how can you hate a guy for shooting

a damn shyster?

Posted by: TomCat on February 15, 2006 06:58 PM

So far as I can tell, Cheney only violated rule number 4. Let's see...

1. All firearms are loaded - He knew the shotgun was loaded. He shot at the quail on purpose.

2. Never let the muzzle of a firearm point at anything you are not willing to destroy - He was very willing to destroy a quail or two.

3. Keep your finger off the trigger unless your sights are on the target - His sights *were* on the target. The target was a bird.

4. Be sure of your target and what is behind it - Now that one he violated. Mr. Cheney did not know that Mr. Whittington was downrange and should have been more careful. He has admitted as much.

And as to his being "man enough to quit making excuses" - it begs the question... What "excuses" has the VP made. As far as I can tell, he has never done anything except take complete responsibility for the accident.

But really - Why is this still a first-out-of-the-gate-on-every-newscast story? The answer is this... The accident and it's victim was never really the story at all. Nope - the story is that the Vice President - the number two man of the hated Bush regime - failed to inform the jackals of the press fast enough to suit them. "What did the president know and when did he know it" - blah, blah, blah.

It's always the same - the news business is never really about the news, it's always about the reporters.

G_d, how I hate "journalists".

Posted by: Roy on February 15, 2006 07:43 PM

Yep. I learned those 4 rules beofre I was 6 years old. Me and my grandaddy used to go quail hunting. We never had any accidents like this. Some people are just stupid. Maybe he's got Alzheimers. I'd rather go hunting with Ted Nugent than either one of the idjuts you mentioned.

Posted by: assrot on February 15, 2006 08:17 PM

I was SHOCKED to read that you'd rather go hunting than ride in a car with Ted Kennedy - but then it dawned on me that you perhaps you didn't swim well. ;-) ;-)

Posted by: JimBob on February 16, 2006 05:55 AM

Rob, this is the first post I read on this subject that is clear, lucid, and makes the pertinent points, without blowing the topic out of proportion or considering twenty different points of view in ever-increasing hysteria.

Clearly, you didn't go to J-school.

Posted by: disconnect on February 16, 2006 04:23 PM
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