All guns are always loaded
Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not prepared to destroy
You may not wish to destroy it, but you must be clear in your mind that you are quite ready to if you let that muzzle cover the target. To allow a firearm to point at another human being is a deadly threat, and should always be treated as such.
Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target
This we call the Golden Rule because its violation is responsible for about 80 percent of the firearms disasters we read about.
Be sure of your target and what is beyond it
You never shoot at anything until you have positively identified it. You never fire at a shadow, or a sound, or a suspected presence. You shoot only when you know absolutely what you are shooting at and what is beyond it.
Be sure your guns are never accessible to unauthorized or untrained individuals
"The vice president has got an ambulance on call, so the ambulance came."
"Fortunately, the vice president has got a lot of medical people around him and so they were right there and probably more cautious than we would have been," she said. "The vice president has got an ambulance on call, so the ambulance came."
Six years ago, Austin condemned a downtown block Whittington's family owned to build a $10.5 million parking garage. Whittington's been fighting the city ever since. He racked up two legal victories last year, and on Friday racked up a third: The Texas Supreme Court denied the city's request to hear an appeal, which basically re-affirms a prior ruling in Whittington's favor.
An anonymous administration official denied eyewitnesses claims that Cheney was also seen feeding on the blood of his victim. “It’s preposterous” said White House press secretary Scott McClellan. “The victim is a 78 year old man, not a unicorn or 16 year old Azerbaijani virgin raised on life-giving Bahmaz.”
By all accounts the shooting incident will help boost Dick Cheney’s recently flagging “street cred”. According to an anonymous administration official, the White House has recently been concerned that Dick Cheney’s public reputation was becoming too sympathetic and human.
“The level of scandal fatigue is so great it’s nearly impossible to get a negative reaction from the public anymore” said the official. [...] "Really, the vice president had no option but to bust a cap in someone’s ass in front of plenty witnesses.”
Just before the latest news on Whittington's health, the White House had apparently decided that the best way to deal with the incident was to joke about it.
President Bush’s spokesman quipped Tuesday that the burnt orange school colors of the University of Texas championship football team that was visiting the White House shouldn’t be confused for hunter’s safety wear.
“The orange that they’re wearing is not because they’re concerned that the vice president may be there,” joked White House press secretary Scott McClellan, following the lead of late-night television comedians. “That’s why I’m wearing it.”
The president’s brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, took a similar jab after slapping an orange sticker on his chest from the Florida Farm Bureau that read, “No Farmers, No Food.”
“I’m a little concerned that Dick Cheney is going to walk in,” the governor cracked during an appearance in Tampa Monday.
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