Today I read about VP Cheney’s hunting trip. Apparently he shot a companion in the head and chest with his shotgun. Fortunately, the companion is expected to live. But let’s think about this a minute. Our VP is surrounded by Secret Service men and women, all trained pistoleros, who are trusted to be with the VP 24/7. Including while he’s hunting. I wonder who trained the VP? The first rule of hunting is to *LOOK* at what you shoot and not to shoot if there is a problem. From what I read, our VP shot on reflex–he heard the birds, spun and shot. O Boy! Not good. You are supposed to know where your companions are at all times. You are supposed to have in your head “no fire” directions so you *KNOW* that you cannot fire in certain directions because that’s where your companions are placed. OOPS!
But now let’s talk about his hunting companion for a minute. Apparently he was about 30 yards away. That’s getting close to a shotgun. Me, I would be careful with my companions if I were approaching them & they had a loaded weapon in their hand. I might make sure they knew where I was at all times. I might do other things too, especially if I were with a person who shoots quickly.
The moral: doing dumb things can hurt other people when you have a firearm around. Get the training I talked about earlier. And don’t forget it! Ever.