Sunday, February 12, 2006

Deadeye Dick is one shitty hunter

Yep, Bush "Pioneer" Katharine Armstrong is trying to cover for Dick Cheney in his shooting incident by blaming it on the shooting victim, Harry Whittington.
Armstrong said she was watching from a car while Cheney, Whittington and another hunter got out of the vehicle to shoot at a covey of quail.

Whittington shot a bird and went to look for it in the tall grass, while Cheney and the third hunter walked to another spot and discovered a second covey.

Whittington "came up from behind the vice president and the other hunter and didn't signal them or indicate to them or announce himself," Armstrong said.

"The vice president didn't see him," she continued. "The covey flushed and the vice president picked out a bird and was following it and shot. And by god, Harry was in the line of fire and got peppered pretty good."
Remember that this is the same Dick Cheney who mocked John Kerry by calling his camouflage outfit an "October Disguise."

But, if Dick was a real hunter, he would know that hunters are supposed to have "zones of fire," areas which are theirs for the picking. Other areas, for safety reasons, are off-limits. Hell, the Texas Hunter Education website teaches this to children--I learned it myself at about 12 years of age. For you non-hunters, an example is below.

So, unless Harry Whittington went apeshit and dashed out in front of men wielding shotguns, Dick Cheney violated one of the most important rules of hunting--a rule that got my butt whipped by my grandfather once, which was all that was needed--and spun around shooting either to the rear or to the side. Some hunter he is.

The funny thing is, blaming it on not understanding the full situation is just another way of saying he received "bad intelligence." I guess the classics never go out of style.

Update: Who the hell are these people?
Armstrong said Cheney is a longtime friend who comes to the ranch to hunt about once a year and is "a very safe sportsman." She said Whittington is a regular, too, but she thought it was the first time the two men hunted together.

"This is something that happens from time to time. You now, I've been peppered pretty well myself," said Armstrong.
No, this doesn't "happen from time to time." I can't remember a member of my family ever shooting another hunter or being shot on a hunting trip and, adding up all of my hunter family members, that would mean no shooting incidents in tens of thousands of hunting trips. If a shooting incident occurs once, it may be an accident. If it occurs from "time to time," it shows a lack of seriousness about the responsibility and power inherent to hunting.

3 Comments:

Blogger The Heretik said...

Linked you on this.

7:46 PM  
Blogger Bryan said...

Cheney is a shooter, not a hunter. He goes to the caged-bird shooting galleries and other "pretend" locations.

Who hunts birds seriously without a dog?

Who fires a gun in a group hunt without knowing where the rest of their party is located?

8:23 PM  
Blogger Kvatch said...

You know I always wondered why Bush spent so much time clearing brush on his ranch. Now I know. It's so he can see Cheney coming.

2:12 PM  

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