There were two very tragic recent killings. Both of the victims were unarmed. Both victims never had a chance. However, the outcry by the public to these two shootings have something to say about us as a people. The first shooting was of an unarmed black man who was pulled over by a University of Cincinnati police officer. The second was an unarmed lion in Africa by a Dentist.
You are immediately going to scream how could I possibly compare the two incidents? I can compare them simply because the outcry from the general public is so different, that it begs the question “Have we become so desensitized to human on human violence that the killing of an animal in Africa is more important than the killing of an unarmed man by the very police supposed to protect him?”
When the University of Cincinnati police officer shot and killed the unarmed black man, the outcry was very predictable. We so-called “bleeding heart liberals” were crying about the incident like it really mattered. When the lion was killed, not only were we “bleeding heart liberals” crying about the incident like it really mattered, so was everyone else.
In the first incident, the unarmed black man was killed shortly after the police officer ordered him out of the car. When he attempted to exit the car, he was shot and killed. I did not see any thing in the video that would give the officer a reason to shoot him. He never even made it out of the car before being shot in the head.
In the second incident, a famous lion was shot by a dentist with a bow and arrow. According to the reports I read, the lion was not on the game reserve. He was outside the reserve. It is also reported that the lion was lured out of the reserve with fresh meat before being shot. The lion was then beheaded after the wounded animal escaped for two hours before being killed.
Naturally, everyone blew a gasket over the killing of Cecil the lion. He was famous after all. Plus, he was protected by the government of Zimbabwe. The dentist is facing the possibility of extradition back to Zimbabwe in order to face charges over the killing.
The University of Cincinnati police officer has been arrested and charged with murder. He is currently out on bail, and remarkably wants his job back. Something we have seen way too many times in our country.
The police officer has his backers. They are willing to give excuses for why he shot and killed an unarmed man. The dentist also has his backers. These are so-called “big game hunters.” I refuse to back either. To me, “big game hunters” need to be castrated! The very idea of killing an animal just to hang a “trophy” on your wall is disgustingly immature.
They will tell you that big game hunting is a sport. They are lying. Big game hunters are as much a sportsman as Jack-the-Ripper was or the University of Cincinnati police officer was. Anyone sitting in hiding just to kill something is a coward and not a sportsman. It says more about their inferiority syndrome than anything else.
Before you start yelling about me being anti-hunting, you are wrong. I have no problem with the average hunter who kills for food. That won’t sit well with the PETA crowd, but a simple fact of life says humans are carnivorous creatures. As a result, we will kill animals for food. Killing for food is hugely different from “trophy” hunting.
But, that brings us back to the point. Why is there so much more of an uproar over the killing of an animal than there is over the killing of human being? If Cecil was a human, you might hear the right-wing, especially those talking heads at Fox News saying things like:
Cecil should have know that he was leaving the reserve.
Cecil should have identified himself as being some famous and protected.
Cecil should have just listened to what he was being told.
Cecil is a deadly weapon all by himself. He is huge after all.
Why did Cecil roar so loudly? That would certainly make me panic, too.
Cecil should have been wearing a collar so the shooter would know he was a pet.
Now, if all of those comments sound ridiculous about Cecil, why do they sound so reasonable when speaking about a person? Both “shooters” could be said to have “been doing their dangerous job.” Which also would be stupid. Unfortunately, that seems to be the reality of us today. We are more willing to cry over the shooting and killing of a lion than we are over the shooting and killing of an unarmed person.
I am very saddened that Cecil the Lion was shot and killed. If the dentist who killed him broke laws in the killing, he should be held responsible. And, I don’t care if the jails in Zimbabwe are “hellholes” or not. If he did break the law, he should simply be allowed to rot in them.
However, I will shed far more tears over the killing of DuBose by that University of Cincinnati police officer. Sorry, but the killing of innocent people, especially by police officers who are sworn to protect those very people, is far more tragic than the killing of a lion.