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NJ: 200 Years Ahead of Cheney

State Senator Joseph Vitale today asked the U.S. Secretary of the Interior “to designate Weehawken, New Jersey as the official site of the first time a sitting Vice President of the United States shot a private citizen.” Way before it was cool for Vice Presidents to shoot other people, Aaron Burr challenged Alexander Hamilton to a duel. On July 11, 1804, each brought a .56 caliber pistol. Burr mortally wounded Hamilton, who died the next day. Burr was later indicted for murder in New York State.

This post would be incomplete without a Daily Show quote from last night:

Rob Corddry: “Jon, tonight the vice president is standing by his decision to shoot Harry Wittington. According to the best intelligence available, there were quail hidden in the brush. Everyone believed at the time there were quail in the brush. And while the quail turned out to be a 78-year-old man, even knowing that today, Mr. Cheney insists he still would have shot Mr. Whittington in the face. He believes the world is a better place for his spreading buckshot throughout the entire region of Mr. Whittington’s face.”

And for more fun, play Hunting With Dick!