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More on Cheney’s Negligent Discharge

The AP:

Vice President Dick Cheney apparently broke the No. 1 rule of hunting: Be sure of what you’re shooting at. He also violated Texas game law by failing to buy a hunting stamp.

I don’t know that that’s the #1 rule but it is a good one. So, why didn’t Cheney have a stamp? More:

Hunting safety experts interviewed Monday agreed it would have been a good idea for Whittington to announce himself something he apparently didn’t do, according to a witness. But they stressed that the shooter is responsible for avoiding other people.

Meanwhile, Bob Krumm, sporting new blog digs, makes a great point:

So, before instinctively defending the Vice President, I ask my fellow conservatives to consider how they woud react to the hunting accident were John Kerry the shooter instead?

4 Responses to “More on Cheney’s Negligent Discharge”

  1. Paul Says:

    “So, before instinctively defending the Vice President, I ask my fellow conservatives to consider how they woud react to the hunting accident were John Kerry the shooter instead?”

    After laughing hysterically, I’d wonder how the MSM managed to allow this embarassing article to surface. I’d also think it was Kerry’s responsibility and he has to accept the consequences.

    So it’s Cheney’s responsibility, and he has to accept the consequences.

    Of course, Kerry’s pattern would be to blame Whittington for getting in the way.

    Finally, I would see no reason why my firearms rights should be modified due to negligent or criminal behavior on the part of other people.

  2. _Jon Says:

    If it were Kerry, he probably would have shot himself in the face.

  3. homebru Says:

    As to why Cheney didn’t have an endorsement “stamp”, it’s due to a change in the rules in Texas.

    In Texas, every year, it seems, another type of hunting or fishing or species or habitat is restricted from the primary license and made to require an additional “stamp”. The clever quotes are used to show that there is no actual stamp, only another line-item on the computer printed shopping receipt that we now get.

    I can remember when a fishing license covered all species, fresh and salt water. Now there are separate endorsements for fresh and salt as well as special species endorsements. Same thing on the hunting license. Used to be one license with a federal duck stamp. Then came the state duck stamp. Now there is one endorsement for migratory birds (duck/dove) and one for non-migratory (quail).

    When Cheney’s license was purchased (probably from some telephone call center somewhere outside Texas), he didn’t know about the need for additional endorsement stamps and the seller didn’t know to ask if any were wanted.

  4. Alcibiades Says:

    Under Kerry, there would be fewer hunting accidents overall. That’s because, under Kerry, only the landed gentry are permitted to own firearms for the purpose of hunting.