13 February 2006

Kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit...

Katherine of Cut to the Chase fame brings up an interesting point about the recent Cheney shooting. Where are the charges? Would some 18-year-old Hispanic blue-collar worker shoot his friend, sending him to intensive care, and then walk free without even questioning? Is a different standard to be applied to balding rich white men?

At the same time, the media reporting of this incident is positively bizarre. Whittington, the man shot, was taken to intensive care but we were immediately told not to worry (he was "moving" after all). WaPo, that bastion of leftist ire, almost falls over itself trying to apologize for Cheney. We're told (in a quote of Armstrong, one of the hunters) that Whittington was such an idiot that he walked up "behind the vice president" but completely failed to "signal them or indicate to them or announce himself." How would you like to hunt with these guys? You wear a bright flourescent orange vest, stand behind your friends, and yet they turn and shoot you, and you're blamed for not announcing your arrival on a bullhorn.

Maybe i was wrong all along and this Cheney dude really is a mean-ass cowboy. One of dem folks who would just as soon shoot ya as look at ya. Just da kind a guy we need to show dem mid-easterns a thing or 2. Or perhaps we've somehow ended up with Elmer Fudd as the second to the Commander in Chief. Come to think of it, Elmer bears a striking resemblance to .

4 comments:

Peter said...

Karlo,

According to Texas law, a person commits criminal assault if they, among other things, recklessly cause bodily injury to another. "A person acts recklessly, or is teckless, with respect to circumstances surrounding his conduct or the result of his conduct when he is aware of but consciously disregards a
substantial and unjustifiable risk that the circumstances exist or
the result will occur. The risk must be of such a nature and degree that its disregard constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that an ordinary person would exercise under all the circumstances as viewed from the actor's standpoint.

Now I'm a securities lawyer, not a criminal one, and Chicago is far from texas, but firing a SHOTGUN without accounting for your party sounds pretty damned reckless!

Karlo said...

Shooting any gun when you don't know what's in the sights sounds reckless and downright idiotic, if you ask me.

The Continental Op said...

Cheney has evidently been issued a citation for failing to have an upland bird stamp with his hunting license. But so far, there's no indication that any criminal charges will follow.

The comparison of Cheney to Elmer Fudd is apt. Apropos of which, see here.

Tetsuo said...

Be vewy qwiet, I'm hunting tewworists, ha ha ha...