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Gun Trouble for Dick Cheney at Hunting Contest

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Dick Cheney will sacrifice a lot in the name of charity — like the lives of other animals. But this Sunday, Cheney could not kill in the name of altruism because his gun refused to fire.

Cheney was participating in The One Shot Antelope Hunt — a competition and self-described charitable foundation — when he endured the firearm woes, which evoked lighthearted ridicule from his fellow competitors.

Jeff "Doc" Sinchack, captain of the Wounded Warrior team, said jokingly, “It shouldn't surprise anyone that Dick Cheney's gun had a major malfunction today, he had Remington ammunition. But the good news is, [his] gun didn't work and nobody got hurt."

Both of Cheney’s teammates in the contest, including Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (R), the team captain, made their respective kills. But Cheney never got a shot in as his gun refused to perform.

Like Sinchack, Cheney pointed the finger at Remington, and stated, 

“I don't take it personally. I'm sure there was a small problem with the manufacturer. But I will be back next year and I have enjoyed it, it's been fantastic. It's great to spend so much time with some fine folks.”

Said Mead, “The Vice President is an excellent shot. He had a gun malfunction. But I think he is so excited and enjoyed this so much. He'll be back next year."

Despite Mead’s compliment, Texas attorney Harry Whittington would probably disagree that Cheney is an “excellent shot.” The Vice President shot him while hunting quail in 2006, spurring a heart attack.  Whittington managed to survive the wounds and the heart trouble, but still has pellets stuck in his neck and face. Cheney has yet to offer an apology.

Sources: Huffington Post, The Hill