Hey Harry, Is That Broom Loaded?

<p><img hspace="0" src="media/2006-02-14-CBSSmith2.jpg" align="right" border="0" />In the wake of Vice President Cheney’s hunting accident, Harry Smith did a segment on hunting safety in the 8:00 half hour of this morning’s &quot;The Early Show&quot; on CBS complete with broomsticks. Dressed in an orange vest and holding a broom, Smith may have been confused for a member of the cleanup crew out on the plaza. However, we were informed that the orange vest was a hunting vest and we were supposed to pretend that the broom was a shotgun. But, if they were using brooms to represent shotguns, were the vests necessary, or were they truly fearful that the brooms may accidentally fire?</p><p>I can understand why Harry Smith and CBS wouldn’t want to use real guns for the segment, safety concerns for instance, but couldn’t CBS have spent $20 and bought some toy guns for the segment? In any case, Harry Smith’s explanation suffers from delusions of grandeur:</p><font size="2"></font><blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p>Harry Smith: &quot;We don't have real guns out here this morning because we didn't want to cause an international disturbance.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The only disturbance a real gun, or even a toy replica would have caused is the one among liberals who think all guns are evil.</p>