Five-Year Old Shoots 35-Year Old in Head
It saddens me, and I find it extremely disturbing, that a five-year old child is giddy, and his parents (and the journalists on this program) are so pleased that he killed a 35-40-year old alligator.
Let's deconstruct a few details:
- The young boy shot the alligator, who had been trapped, in the head and killed him. Where's the hunting? Is this something to be proud of for a person of any age? Basically the animal was five feet in front of him, and the boy shot him in the head, killing him. Just like his daddy taught him.
- Now, five-year olds on television, or even not on television, can be excused for being giddy about anything. And I don't like ridiculing children because the behaviors they exhibit come from somewhere. And in this case we are told exactly where they come from, therefore we don't need to make any assumptions: The child's father taught him how to use a gun (at age 4) and takes him hunting.
- The father tells us that the alligator was born and raised on the property. The father is telling us: We went into the alligator's home (it was the alligator's home first), where he has lived for decades, and trapped and killed him because he is (was) an alligator. Again, something to be proud of?
- All of the smiles and glee coming from the adults, who are supposed to teach children respect for life, is creepy. The father even says that he has taught his children respect for . . . firearms. Not life, but firearms.
- Imagine, for one moment, that the alligator was a Golden Retriever, living his life, minding his own business, wandering the area he calls home, and snap (or however it happened), suddenly he is trapped. And soon along comes a child who shoots him in the head, killing him. Would that earn him a spot on television?
Here's what this young boy has learned:
- Alligators do not deserve to live.
- Killing them is fun.
- Trapping them, with an intent to kill them, is fair. And fun.
- Going to an area where an animal has lived for decades, and hasn't bothered anyone, and killing him is okay. And fun.
- Presumably, there is something horrible about alligators that sets them apart from dogs, and killing them is providing a public service of sorts (whereas I promise you killing a Golden Retriever would not be viewed as such, although killing a pit bull-type dog might, revealing yet another layer of discrimination).
- Killing animals might land you on national television, which is fun.
- Killing animals is an act that will make your parents glow with pride.
To be fair (!), each reference to "animals" above should really say "certain animals:" the ones we have chosen to demonize.
In America, we demonize not only certain animals, but certain people. And one of the groups demonized by the mainstream is people who think it's unethical to demonize, disrespect and slaughter animals.
What's wrong with this picture?