Dick Cheney Still Owes Hunting Victim an Apology

Post catches up with the man he shot, Harry Whittington
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2010 11:46 AM CDT
Dick Cheney Still Owes Hunting Victim an Apology
A 2001 file photo of Dick Cheney the sportsman.   (AP Photo/The White House, David Bohrer)

The Washington Post catches up with Harry Whittington, who gained unwanted renown 5 years ago when Dick Cheney shot him in a hunting accident. The 82-year-old still has about 30 tiny pieces of lead in his body, a "warble" from a damaged larynx, and his blood-stained hunting vest, but the Post says one thing he's still without is an apology from Cheney.

He doesn't seem to hold a grudge, however, and considers Cheney an "honorable" man. "Plain and simple, it was an accident," he says. Contrary to initial media reports, the two weren't old hunting buddies, just casual acquaintances at best. The Post rehashes the details of the accident and quotes the editor of a hunting magazine who says Cheney violated two protocols—the main one being to make sure nobody's in your line of fire before shooting. (More Dick Cheney stories.)

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