Where were all the SS guys, who are drilled into madness on safety with firearms, and on our tax dollars supposedly helping Dick not to make such a colossal screwup anyway? Obviously, despite how hunters harp to hell about all they "know" about weapon's safety, apparently Dick was not there the day they talked about not turning around and firing at the first noise you hear behind you.
Perhaps if Dickie had served some time in the military, things might have been different Saturday. But no, he had more important matters to contend with, like getting his wife pregnant since his student deferments were running out.
In the military, one used to learn to keep the weapons muzzle pointed downrange at all times. I saw what a couple Drill instructors did with a fellow in my class after he rolled over from the prone to supine position with a rifle barrel clearly pointed at the DI. You don't want to see things like that more than once.
In aircraft, a weapon, unless in a place where it might be needed at a moment's notice is always pointed muzzle towards the floor in the unlikely chance one of those "unloaded" M-16s goes off. That could be a problem with a helicopter. Whilst hunting, it helps to know at all times where your comrades are.
Some might say, this is unnecessarily picking on Dick Cheney for something clearly out of his control. Problem is, anyone with any knowledge of gun safety knows better than to wheel around shooting up the landscape when you don't know what, or as in this case who, is behind you.
Beside the fact that we get to pay for Dick's hunting and golf expeditions, as well as any other Governmental nitwit, we usually get to pay for the luxury transportation as well not to mention accommodations and fine dining. All the while, wounded soldiers get to pay for their own food. Preferably, if Cheney is going to go make an ass of himself, then he needs to be doing it on his own time and his own money. Sorry Dick, but you have this boot in the ass coming.
Ted Bohne N96173@msn.com is a Vietnam Vet, and former U.S. Army Ranger, 51 years old, disabled, formerly a paramedic and adjunct faculty at Texas Tech University School of Medicine and tenured faculty at Odessa College, Odessa Texas.