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February 22, 2006

Cheney hunting accident

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?

Bob Lager
Fairway

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.

Scott Gregory
Roeland Park

If Dick Cheney runs for president in 2008, I bet Dan Quayle won’t agree to be his running-mate.

Lorie Stewart
Kansas City

Comments

Engineer

Jeff H
No real quarrel with your first Post. Just feel that the subject has received adequate coverage. Scott Gregory and Lorie Stewart were just using the event to make disparaging comments, not add any information or insight. They expressed their opinions, and this is an opinion blog, but their opinions don't go any where.

Jeff H

that should say "forwarding e-mail petitions to all their friends calling for impeachment or someone to step down from office."

Jeff H

Engineer, I apologize for being grouchy this morning, but I just see too much of Bob's attitude, especially within my own family.

Had it been a democrat who pulled the trigger, many of the folks I know who are currently saying, "Let's just move on" would be up in arms, forwarding e-mail petitions around to all their friends.

I'm just saying, enough of the double standards. Enough of wanting stories shushed up when it's a topic that makes your side look bad, but wanting to argue on endlessly when it does the same for the "other side".

I'm not saying Cheney has any more guilt than anyone else who has shot a hunting partner. But he is an american citizen, and he must abide by the same rules or laws, whether they be simple hunting precautions or whatever, as anyone else, or he will be subject to public reaction.

Engineer

Now that Jeff H has set us all straight on this matter; couldn't we, as the Left used to say, move on?

Jeff H

Bob,

If I was out hunting and shot a fellow hunter in the chest, I would right now have charges pressed against me.

But the point is not that, it is that the white house stance was to make a joke out of what COULD have been a very serious incident. Our government should NEVER joke about hunting "accidents", or any other "accidents" that risk human life.

And, for the record, Cheney's hunting partner did not jump in front of him, he was walking back to the line, and Cheney turned and fired without looking where he was shooting. That is a blatant no-no to any hunter worth a bag of salt. Even I know better than that, and I haven't hunted since I was an early teen.

Ray Seay

This story is getting to be like the Book of Daniel. Neither was worth more than one or two stories and certainly no more letters than that; yet the Star and letter writers keep going on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, , and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, , and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on.

 
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