“…intentionally wanting to be a killer as opposed to having to kill? Those are two different things.”
I’ve said very little about the killing of Cecil the Lion. What has struck a nerve is some of the fringe discussions that people are having around the whole “Trophy” hunting thing – whether it be Marco Rubio tweeting in “dead children” and the idea of abortions being something we should be more concerned about, or various people on Twitter talking about how Cecil the Lion “…better not be more important than Dubose…” – meaning, the killing of Mr. Dubose by a University of Cincinnati Police officer. Well, it all just got me thinking…
Why do we seem more upset about the killing of a Lion as a collective than maybe some other horrible event?
Personally, it makes complete sense.
When we think of abortion, no matter what side you lean on, there is still the belief that no one thinks women intentionally go and get pregnant in order to abort a fetus, or a human being (definition of fetus or human being depends on your perspective on the subject of course).
In the same respects, the killing of Black men by police officers still does not seem to be an intentional act even by these corrupt and clearly misguided (and probably racist) cops. More specifically, I don’t believe these officers wake up in the morning and say, “Oh, I’m so glad I’m a cop today – now, I can go find a Black guy and shoot him.” Well, that’s my hope anyways.
The point is simple: The reason why Cecil the Lion hurt a different part of my heart wasn’t because it was more important than any other issue out there today – NO. It hurt because the intention all along for this dentist, this American man, was to KILL an animal. He woke up that morning and literally paid for the thrill to KILL. It wasn’t for food, it wasn’t for clothing, it wasn’t to defend himself – it was for no other reason than saying he could and mounting a Lion’s head on his wall.
It just feels wrong.
I have no problem with actual hunters, though I admit, it’s not my thing per se. But the urge to KILL? The NEED to KILL for no apparent reason, with no justification? That’s why this is different. Most legit hunters hunt and eat their kill. But to hunt like this? It just doesn’t sit right with me.
It is wrong.
So, look no one’s saying Cecil’s death is more important than our brothers being killed by police officers. And no it’s not more important than my stance on abortion. Truthfully, I’m not sure why we need to rank such things, because all in all, it just sucks equally. But, intentionally wanting to be a killer as opposed to having to kill? Those are two different things. And that, in my opinion, is what has touched a nerve in all of us.