Monday, February 13, 2006

Protocol for presidential shootings

Is there one? Has a president or vice-president shot someone before? Are you supposed to hand in your gun like cops do on TV? Is there any obligation to report it to the public?Is there an mandatory review? Did they ever call the cops? Is there a law in Texas requiring police involvement when one person shoots another?

I heard this morning that there is now controversy about whether police officers names will be released in the future by LA when there is a police-involved shooting.

In other news I feel like I've been drugged with some stimulant. I'm exceptionally grouchy and sensitive, some of my more lovely qualities.

A few answers (from the New York Times):

The local sheriff, Ramon Salinas III of Kenedy County, said the Secret Service called him shortly after the shooting occurred.

Sheriff Salinas said he sent his chief deputy, Gilbert Sanmiguel, to the Arm

strong Ranch that night. He said Mr. Sanmiguel interviewed Mr. Cheney and reported that the shooting was an accident.

The sheriff said Sunday that they had yet to speak to "the victim." "But you could say it's closed," Mr. Salinas said of the case...

There is no requirement to report nonfatal hunting accidents in Texas, said Lydia Saldana, the communications director for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

And more answers from another NYT article:
On July 11, 1804, Vice President Burr shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel in Weehawken, N.J. Hamilton died of his wounds the next day.

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