Proving that the anti-Cheney forces were right (and there were a lot of anti-Cheney people out there), and that he is the devil, Vice President Dick Cheney shot someone. I think that this is only the second time in US history that a sitting Vice President has shot someone. The first time, of course, was when Thomas Jefferson's Vice President, Aaron Burr, shot former Secretary of the Treasury and founding father Alexander Hamilton. Most people remember this bit of Classic Americana thanks to the good folks at the Dairy Farmers of America and Michael Bay.
I have to say that this was a bit of a shocker when I read about it in the paper. I know that this time it wasn't intentional, but to actually have a Vice President shoot someone? That can only mean one thing: that this nation has balls. I dare you to find one article that says that Dominique DeVillipin has shot someone, or that Jack Straw met someone on the field of battle. On the other hand, Vladimir Putin has probably killed more men than all other non-African heads of state combined (that man has more cojones than a whole heard of buffalo).
It will be interesting to see what comes of this. I wouldn't be surprised to see an investigation of sorts, but it will be a little bit of a black eye for the NRA, because their opponents can always say "guns don't kill people? Remember when the Vice President shot a guy hunting?" That's never good for gun interests. On the other hand, as long as John Kerry likes his hunting, we probably won't see an all-out assault on the Second Amendment crew.