Texas governor Rick Perry shot a coyote while out for a jog with his daughter’s dog.
Shot it dead.
Shot it dead with his laser-sighted pistol that he carries with him when he jogs.
Oh, boy. Is this some weird competitive thing with Sarah Palin because Perry can’t figure out a legal way to shoot wolves from helicopters like she can? Quien es mas macho, indeed.
I came out of my cabin once in the woods of New Hampshire, in the time just before dawn, and saw a coyote. It looked at me. I looked at it. I took a step toward it and said ooga booga. It took off with a leap and ran faster than you can imagine.
(Actually, first I called it by the name of our neighbor’s German shepherd, and it did nothing. When I realized it didn’t have the jaunty bandana around its neck that our neighbor’s dog always did, I started with the ooga booga.)
But you know, if Rick Perry felt that a hollow point bullet to the chest was a better way to stop a coyote than a forward lunge and a loud ooga booga, well, that’s up to him.
In case you, like me, wondered about the fact that the article specified that he loads his laser-sighted pistol with hollow points, here’s the difference between a round point and hollow point bullet:
This whole incident sort of begs the question of why the governor, if the woods are so dangerous that Rick Perry feels he needs to be armed with anti-personnel ammo, runs in the woods at all?