Six hunters are hunting quail on a hedge row. I am in the middle of three on the right side.
A covey gets up. I have my gun up ready to shoot as they break cover.
Suddenly the man on my left jumps in front of my gun just as birds break cover in front of me. Did I pull the trigger? No. I was lucky and had good reflexes.
That was 40 years ago. I’m not sure I could do that today.
I think many, many hunters have a similar story to tell.
What happened to Dick Cheney could have happened to me and the guy who jumped in front of my gun. It would have been an accident then and is today.
Unfortunate, of course. Regrettable, of course. But an accident. Can the media knock it off already?
The Star quotes Dick Cheney as saying, “I’m the guy who pulled the trigger” (2/16, A-1).
Is this the beginning of a trend? Might we expect Cheney to say, “Saddam did not have WMDs” or “Iraq had no nukes”?
Never mind — probably not.
If Dick Cheney runs for president in 2008, I bet Dan Quayle won’t agree to be his running-mate.