Sunday, September 18, 2005

Minnesota hunter convicted of killing Wisconsin hunters

Chai Vang was convicted in Wisconsin of murdering six hunters and attempting to kill two more. Mr. Vang faces life in prison for his crimes. Neither Wisconsin nor Minnesota have the death penalty, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

If you ask me, the safety tip to be garnered from this sad episode is that it's a mistake to scream profanity at someone carrying a deer rifle. It's even less advisable to make racial slurs (whether racial slurs were actually used in this incident is a matter of dispute...) There's an old Hmong saying that is apropos: Mess with a tiger and you'll get bit.

Members of the Hmong community question the fairness of the trial. This incident has certainly revealed racial fault lines in the upper midwest.

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