Czech President Is Shot—With a Pellet Gun
Vaclav Klaus recoiled when Communist sympathizer opened fire
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2012 5:43 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Czech President Vaclav Klaus was opening a bridge in the northern town of Chrastava Friday when a man shot him at close range—with a pellet gun. The president recoiled a little but seemed unhurt, Radio Prague reports. The real damage may be to his security detail, whose chief bodyguard, Jirí Sklenka, resigned today after a rebuke from the president. "I feel I must take responsibility for the actions of my subordinates and I must face this like a man," Sklenka said.

The attacker was a 26-year-old Commmunist sympathizer who said he shot the president because the government ignores the needs of everyday people. He said he preferred to use a pellet gun rather than tomatoes or rotten eggs because the gun made more of a statement. Charged with disorderly conduct, he was allowed to return to work today.

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Oct 2, 2012 2:54 AM CDT
Commie sympathiser? Bullshit: script for the public. It really was a message from the architects of the emerging EU Empire: get with the script Vaclav, no more badmouthing our vision in public, or else!
Oct 1, 2012 9:58 PM CDT
they're such bad-asses that's just how they react when getting shot. Imagine the disappointment! "Hey Petrov, what caliber this is? Is pussy caliber, no? You there, go back to work and come back when you afford real gun."
Oct 1, 2012 8:35 PM CDT
Hey, what was the lyrics in one of Pearljam's songs- 'Glorified version of a pellet gun!' It's a tasteless obscure reference, I know, but that's exactly what came mind.