Bradys 'Dancing In Blood' Over Cheney Mishap, Group Says

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

( - A gun rights group Monday blasted founders of a leading gun control group for making fun of Vice President Dick Cheney's shooting accident in Texas on Saturday.

Sarah Brady, co-founder of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said she always "thought Cheney was scary" and now she knows she had a "right to be nervous." Jim Brady, also co-founder of the Brady Campaign, said, "Now I understand why Dick Cheney keeps asking me to go hunting with him."

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said Monday the Bradys are trying to "make political hay" of the accident, in which Cheney's hunting companion, Harry Whittington, was injured.

"Poor taste is poor taste, no matter who utters it," said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron. "Only Jim Brady would be allowed by the mainstream press to make such a crude and crass comment and not be called down for it. I am appalled that the Bradys chose to make such sarcastic, self-serving remarks about a hunting accident."

Whittington, who was listed in stable condition Monday at Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial, had been admitted to the intensive care unit, "a fairly common procedure" for someone hit with a spray of small pellets, a hospital official said.

"We understand that Harry Whittington was struck by several small pellets in the face, neck and upper chest," Waldron said. "Fortunately, the wounds are not serious, and we wish Mr. Whittington a full and speedy recovery."

Waldron said the incident shows that no one is immune from making mistakes.

"Vice President Cheney is a lifelong hunter," Waldron said, "and all reports suggest everyone in his party was wearing hunter orange, and acting in a safe manner. If this mishap demonstrates anything, it would be that accidents happen, even to experienced hunters."

Hunting is one of "the safest of all outdoor activities" with hunters sustaining "far fewer injuries than football and soccer players, and even cheerleaders," said Waldron.

"In Texas, where there are more than a million hunters, in 2004 there were only 29 hunting related accidents. Thanks to hunter education and firearm safety courses, hunting accidents have steadily declined over the past 50 years to their lowest point," Waldron noted.

"It appears that Mr. Whittington had separated from his companions to find a downed bird and did not alert Cheney and others to his presence," Waldron said.

"We can't imagine how badly Cheney must feel about this accident. On the other hand, we no longer have to imagine just how low Jim and Sarah Brady can sink. They have raised dancing in blood to a fine art," concluded Waldron.

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