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He might have had better aim if he'd served in Vietnam

It's all fun and games with the Vice-President until someone gets shot.
I'm recovering from throwing a massive three-year-old birthday party, so maybe it's me, but I think it's more disturbing than funny that Dick Cheney shot a 78-year-old friend this weekend and won't even say sorry.

"He didn't do anything he wasn't supposed to do," says his friend and advisor Mary Matilan. Oh, except shoot somebody. The whole thing, Cheney says, is just a reminder to all of us to practice "gun safety" (Thanks, Cheney, I'll make sure to tell my daughter that.)

The White House didn't even report the shooting for 24 hours (and forbid Texas officials from talking about it) and then Scott McClellan told reporters, "These kind of...accidents happen from time to time." McClellan might as well have been talking about the administration's casual attitude about the death toll in Iraq. Yes, 16,600 Americans and upward of 200,000 Iraqis have been wounded, but hey, "accidents happen from time to time." We're still winning the war, right?

I know that nothing bothers Dick Cheney more than being laughed at. He'd rather shoot innocent Texans and cause thousands of unnecessary deaths in Iraq rather than have people laugh at his expense. But all this casual attitude about shooting and killing really isn't funny. When we have a President and the Vice-President who are more concerned with saving face than with doing the right thing or admitting their mistakes, we're in big big trouble. At the very least, Dick Cheney should have a time-out. Any three-year-old could tell you that.
Rachel Neumann is Rights & Liberties Editor at AlterNet.