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Dick Cheney’s accident

Let’s not so easily forget about Vice President Dick Cheney’s “accident.” He’s called the most powerful vice president the United States has ever had. They say his shooting Harry Whittington was an accident. An accident? Yes, accidents do happen. It’s expected. That’s all there is to it. It’s ironic that the Republicans in general are against most gun laws, yet if there ever was an argument for banning guns, you would think that blaming their lethal capability on accidents instead of the people using them would be the best one. I mean, if it was just an accident that Cheney shot Whittington in the face and chest, then it must have been the gun’s fault.

In truth, there is no such thing as an accident when it comes to the use of firearms. There are only two reasons why someone is injured with a gun. It is either intentional or negligence. The latter is being called an accident. The gun wasn’t an accident. The gun wasn’t negligent. The negligence lies squarely with the person handling the gun. Dick Cheney should not be remembered as the most powerful vice president. He should be remembered as the most negligent.

James P. Smith



Nevada City


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