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Monday, February 13, 2006

Guns Don't Kill People, Dick Cheney (Nearly) Kills People

In light of Dick Cheney shooting his friend in the face, Schmool explained quail hunting to me today. He hunted quail once and actually almost got shot by someone he described as, "a can short of a six-pack."

Schmool says everything really depends on the type of dog you're using to hunt. If you use a pointer, the dog finds the bird and points (with its whole body). This alerts both the hunter and the quail to what's going on. The bird then tries to escape in an irregular pattern. If you're hunting with partners and everyone is trying to follow the flight of the bird, it increases the chances that you'll shoot at each other. If you're using a lab to hunt, the dog will try to chase the bird. And as long as you keep the dog in front of you, it will direct the bird away and generally into the line of fire. When you are hunting, of course, this is a good thing. Of course it's best for the bird to be in the line of fire instead of your buddy because you don't want to shoot him in the face like Dick Cheney did to his friend.

When you hunt quail you use 28-gauge shotguns so you can kill the bird, but not destroy it. If you shot it with a regular bullet, the bird would explode and you couldn't carry it by the neck like a tough guy. Shotguns fire pelletts not bullets, which gradually separate in mid-air. The 28-gauge is less powerful than the 12-gauge. If a person stood 60-feet away and someone fired a 28-gauge shotgun at you, it wouldn't kill you. It would just burn. So that's why when Dick Cheney shot his friend in the face, it didn't kill him. Sorry if this is elementary or if you've already read this today, but you're talking to someone who managed to spend 11 years in Detroit Public Schools and learn nothing about guns or cars.

It was a little ridiculous to watch the White House Press Corps complain at the daily briefing today that they weren't immediately told of the incident. They had to read about it the Corpus Christi Caller-Times just like everyone else. Apparently, nothing pisses off the national press like the local press. That's good to know. This sounds like a calculation on the part of Cheney's people. The media loves media stories. So in the reporters will be distracted by their own slights and forget that Dick Cheney shot his friend in the face.

As you can see, I'm having a little trouble getting over this story.

5 Comment(s):

  •   Posted by Blogger Jeff'y at February 13, 2006 10:14 PM | Permanent Link to this Comment
  • Yeah, if I owned a big oil field (which, you know, I might), I'd definitely frisk Cheney for lighters or matches before I let him visit it.

    Why do we always hurt wham we love?

  •   Posted by Anonymous Anonymous at February 14, 2006 7:10 PM | Permanent Link to this Comment
  • ...coming from the local reporter! It seems that the way the news was released, (from the family whose property it occured on) wasn't correct for such a serious story.
    This is American politics at its best. Lying about Weapons of Mass Destruction, who cares? A hunting accident where somone almost dies, Cheney is screwed!

  •   Posted by Blogger BrooklynDodger at February 14, 2006 7:11 PM | Permanent Link to this Comment
  • The story here is that Cheney hoped to cover the whole thing up. When people disappear for 24 hours after an incident, it's usually to cover up alcohol. They also lied about how serious the injuries were, and how far the victim was from the shooter. The problem is, the victim might die. Which would take down all the jokes.

  •   Posted by Blogger BrooklynDodger at February 15, 2006 6:14 PM | Permanent Link to this Comment
  • The Dodger received a testimonial from a victim of a 28 guage shotgun hit at about 30 yards. The victim says no way would pellets penetrate as described.

    Also, only one member of the press got the brand of the shotgun used. That's important in determining the veracity of the story, although it would be better [according to sources] to know the choke on the shot gun and the weight of the load. Guess who?

    Shooter Slips on a Silencer

    ... coming between Dick Cheney and his helpless prey? ... ; from Dick Cheney's designer Perazzi Brescia shotgun ... , with the Cheney camp trying to protect the
    February 15, 2006 - By MAUREEN DOWD (NYT)

  •   Posted by Anonymous Anonymous at September 04, 2007 3:45 PM | Permanent Link to this Comment
  • I did not complete reading the article due its apparent intent to excuse cheney wrongful shooting of an innocent man. I have hunted with my dad for years and we have rules and the rules do not include walking nonchalantly during hunting a field!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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