Ex Vice-President Dick "Dick" Cheney started the trend.
While on a hunting trip, he shot 78 year old Harry Whittington, a Bush-Cheney campaign donor from Austin, Texas. #shootafriendintheface
Whittington had a heart attack after a piece of buckshot migrated to a heart muscle, but most of the other wounds were superficial. A grateful Whittington later appeared on television to apologize for the incident.
Medical drawing of injuries to Harry Whittington
"My family and I are deeply sorry for all that Vice President Cheney and his family have had to go through this week," Whittington said.
But it was too late to prevent the new fad of shooting a friend in the face. #shootafriendintheface
Six year old Yang Yang was playing with his cousin in Neijiang, in southwest China's Sichuan Province, when thy came across a gun. Yang's cousin, also six years old, picked it up and shot him in the face.
The boys returned to their house about ten minutes later, according to their grandmother, who said, “They were crying, and Yang Yang's face had a huge hole, bleeding profusely.”
Doctors removed all 325 pellets from the blast.
Yang's father said that both boys were terrified at what had happened. Like Whittington, Yang is expected to survive, though there will be substantial scarring.
But he's lucky. Shotgun wounds to the face can be much more serious.
And apologizing to Dick Cheney won't make it any better.