February 12, 2006
And In Other News, the VP Shot a Friend of His Today
Hey, it isn't every day I can title a post like that!
It was a minor hunting accident; and interestingly, an eyewitness makes it clear it was more the fault of the shootee than the shooter:
Katharine Armstrong, the ranch's owner, said Sunday that Cheney was using a 28-guage [sic] shotgun and that Whittington was about 30 yards away when he was hit in the cheek, neck and chest....
Armstrong said she was watching from a car while [Vice President Dick] Cheney, [Harry] Whittington and another hunter got out of the vehicle to shoot at a covey of quail.
Whittington shot a bird and went to retrieve it in the tall grass, while Cheney and the third hunter walked to another spot and discovered a second covey.
Whittington "came up from behind the vice president and the other hunter and didn't signal them or indicate to them or announce himself," Armstrong said.
"The vice president didn't see him," she continued. "The covey flushed and the vice president picked out a bird and was following it and shot. And by god, Harry was in the line of fire and got peppered pretty good."
Whittington appears to be all right; there is no indication that the shot from the small-barreled shotgun caused any serious damage:
Armstrong, owner of the Armstrong Ranch where the accident occurred, said Whittington was bleeding after he was shot and Cheney was very apologetic.
"It broke the skin," she said of the shotgun pellets. "It knocked him silly. But he was fine. He was talking. His eyes were open. It didn't get in his eyes or anything like that.
The VP's EMR team and ambulance treated Whittington at the scene, then took him to the hospital. Cheney visited him there and said he was "doing fine and in good spirits."
There's not much to this story; hunting is inherently a dangerous activity -- as are target shooting and hiking, the two components of hunting -- and Whittington unwittingly broke a cardinal rule not to step into the possible line of fire without alerting the shooter that you're there.
But let's see how long it takes for the Democrats to politicize it! (We should have a betting pool, except I'm too lazy to set one up.)
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, February 12, 2006, at the time of 6:32 PM
TrackBack URL for this hissing: http://biglizards.net/mt3.36/earendiltrack.cgi/481
Listed below are links to weblogs that reference And In Other News, the VP Shot a Friend of His Today:
» And In Other News, Just One More Thing from Big Lizards
There is one aspect of the story I blogged earlier, about Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shooting and slightly wounding a friend of his while Quayle hunting that didn't occur to me until I was on the phone with Friend... [Read More]
Tracked on February 13, 2006 12:01 AM
» While You Were Dazed and Confused... from Big Lizards
...Staring bleary-eyed and beery-eyed at the screen this weekend in slackjawed anxiety, watching Olympic curling unfold before your very eyes, you might have missed these cutsey posts on Big Lizards: Saturday, February 11th, 2006: I sure hope you got t... [Read More]
Tracked on February 14, 2006 12:05 AM
The following hissed in response by: SDN
Too late. Sarah Brady has already issued a press release
The following hissed in response by: Mr. Michael
Any time a Vice President makes a populist move like shooting a lawyer, you can expect the situation to be treated as a political event.
Seriously, there will be a lifetime of jokes about this, mostly because the guy who got hit with birdshot has only a few cuts and bruises. Mind you, I personally would not like to be hit with birdshot; but the situation would be radically different if Whittington had been badly hurt. I really like Dick Cheney and respect the government service he has done over the years... but I'm still looking forward to all of the jokes.
Okay, maybe not the Letterman jokes, he lost his groove a few years ago. But Leno and O'Brian must be on their knees in gratitude this evening.
The following hissed in response by: Bill Faith
The above hissed in response by: Bill Faith at February 13, 2006 3:03 PM
Post a comment
Thanks for hissing in, . Now you can slither in with a comment, o wise. (sign out)(If you haven't hissed a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Hang loose; don't shed your skin!)
© 2005-2009 by Dafydd ab Hugh - All Rights Reserved