Of Tigers and Men
The other day, I read a story about a man who was mauled by a tiger. The story sounds tragic for the man until you realize that the tiger was in a zoo, and the man who was mauled was taunting it and trying to feed it. Eventually, the tiger got him and tore him up. A cop showed up and shot and killed the tiger, and the man was flown to a hospital where he was saved. It sounds harsh, but I feel he got what he deserved and the tiger didn’t. I get why the tiger had to be killed, but the blame lays on the mauled man.
That same day I read that Scott Peterson, the scumbag who murdered his pregnant wife, had his death sentence commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The tiger attacked because it has no ability to reason. The tiger can’t say “This fool has it coming, but I won’t kill him just because I can”. The tiger acted on instinct
Peterson, on the other hand, has logic and reason. He planned to kill his wife and his unborn baby and made every attempt to get away with it. However, when we seek to execute him, people balk at the idea.
In my opinion, Peterson should already be dead. He deliberately murdered and, unlike the tiger, he knew it was wrong to do what he did. He just thought he could get away with it, and really, he has: we, the taxpayers, will be picking up the tab for his existence until he dies.
When the Navy SEALs killed Osama Bin Laden , nobody complained. Even the most liberal media outlets on the planet did not condemn his execution even though most of us were not directly impacted by the horror he wreaked on our country. I didn’t either. I was glad actually.
Yet, many people who applauded Bin Laden’s death will say “we are better than that” when some poor family wants to see the person who took away their loved one’s life executed. So, when Bin Laden died many who weren’t personally effected by what he did cheered, yet when some horror of a person leaves a family devastated those same people claim the moral high ground and dare to tell those directly impacted how to feel.
If you ask me, we hold the wrong animals accountable for the ultimate punishment .