I think it's important to note that, according to the Hunting Incident Clearinghouse report for 2004, , there were 445 hunting accidents reported that year alone in the United States, and the Committee to Abolish Sports Hunting website reports hundreds of fatalities that happen all the time. Of course, that organization is against hunting and hunters, in general, and they hope to bring about "... A realization that they [hunters] are destroyers of wildlife and ecosystems in the narrow and broad sense. " This, I assure you, is just plain nutty.
These are accidents that happen to people who are mutually engaged in a legal and lawful activity. To try and ban hunting is like trying to ban driving because of the numerous traffic fatalities and accidents that occur every year...Or because the pollution it causes destroys wildlife and ecosystems.
Whoa, I know...Except for our friends over at the C.A.S.H, no one was talking about banning anything over this. V.P. Cheney, who may or may not have been drinking, accidentally shot a lawyer friend about the head and face with a shotgun while out hunting quail.
Not a fun day but that sort of thing happens all the time, right? What usually doesn't happen, in cases like these, is that the victims are not routinely subjected to public mockery or ridiculed on national television.
"Oh, but how could we resist?" you might say. "It was too good to pass up."
Well, maybe, but the issue is not really one of hunting. Rather, it seems to me that the whole issue exploded because the White House Press Corps got scooped on the story by a South Texas stringer and they couldn't stand that. While Cheney and his friends were out on the Armstrong Ranch, having, by all accounts, a merry old time, where were the people that were supposed to be keeping us informed? Why were they not in Texas?
There's a level of animosity between this Administration and the Press. It may have started right after Gore's failed bid for President or with the disinformation that surrounded the invasion of Iraq. There're several good reasons, I'm sure, why the bad blood exists there and to think that those blow-hard talking heads with a White House Clearance have that much power over what we see, hear and think is also pretty laughable.
So, it’s okay...Laugh it up…Chortle and guffaw…Oh, and one more thing...
All Y'all can go Fuck Yo'Selves...
Any of y'all remember Charles Whitman? How about George Hennard? What about the very paridigm of the "Crazed, Lone Gunman"? Yes, indeed, My Freaky Darlings, it's like a whole different country of craziness, down here. This is Karla Fay Tucker and David Koresh Territory.
It's Texas, Bitches!
We Shot JFK!