Monday, February 13, 2006

Cheney = Firearms Violation

Something about that Dick Cheney story didn't sit right with me all day. At the office everyone was wondering aloud about the report that he basically travels around with a hospital at his side (the doctors, the emergency medical team, the ambulance) -- that part didn't surprise me so much, except perhaps in sheer scope. What bothered me is that it didn't sound like a garden-variety tragic mistake. It sounded like dumb carelessness. Charvakan points out in the comments that "Don't just blast away" is pretty much Rule Number One for gun enthusiasts, even the NRA types who love their pieces so much they name them.

Well, it looks like Cheney violated two things: Rule Number One, which is more of a common-sense unwritten code of the jungle; and a Texas law saying you have to, er, get a hunting permit before you can hunt. (If Dick were really the "experienced hunter" the story says he is, don't you think he would have known that? Ah! He just didn't care!) Which will ultimately cost him more -- a misdemeanor, or shooting a fundraiser in the face? THAT'S the story I'll be following all night if I have to. (On the upside, Texas Parks and Wildlife has satisfied itself that Cheney wasn't abusing drugs when the incident occurred. No word yet on whether they did anything beyond just asking him.)

By the way, the other part of the story that didn't sit right is that the world only found out about the shooting 24 hours after it happened. It didn't sit right, but it didn't surprise me much either.


Anonymous MikeSwanson said...

What really bothered me about Cheney's shooting of a seventy year old man was Scott MacLelland's explanation. He said that the victim snuck up behind Cheney in violation of hunting protocol, then when the birds flushed, the accident occured. This means that according to Scott MacLelland's version, Cheney heard the birds behind him, wheeled around and fired into his friend's upper torso and face without discerning a flock of quail from a bipedal homonid in closer proximity. Hey, I wouldn't say that Cheney's not capable of it!

4:59 PM  
Blogger Lapp said...

The proprietor feels constrained, in the interests of journalism and fake objectivity, to point out that Scott "MacLelland" isn't really employed by the White House. He is a volunteer press secretary with no authority to speak for the government, which is why he is always covered in alarming amounts of flop sweat. He is kept far, far out of the loop.

1:12 AM  

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