Accidents happen, but .... I've spent 1000s of hours (literally) bird hunting and have never shot anyone , been shot or, for that matter, ever knew anyone that was. Regardless, if it's an accident it means it was a mistake and I can live with that. However, the resonsibility remains with the shooter. Part of field hunting etiquette requires that you know where your companions are. Another part means respecting the working dogs and shooting that low is questionable. Plus, good ethics require that you're properly licensed. It looks to me that Mr Cheney ain't quite the sport that the media reports. My biggest complaint is that it appears that he tried to pull a Ted Kennedy.