I have a short quiz for to think about which I hope will get you to all think about priorities and media fueled outrages. I will supply the answers at the bottom of this article.
Question 1) What is the name of the lion that was killed by the dentist that has everyone upset?
Fairly easy one right? After all there have been stories covering this lion and the protesting about it nearly non stop for the past couple days.
Question 2) Name any of the five military men who were killed in the attacks in Tennessee?
How about just a first name? Not as easy right? The shooter's name was Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, any help? Four of them were marines and one was a sailor.
Question 3) Name either of the two victims of the Lafeyette, Louisiana movie theater shooting?
Hint, they were both women. Shooter's name was Rusty Houser.
Take a few minutes to really think the answers over before reading on.
I'm sure nearly everyone reading this got the answer to the first question. It was Cecil the lion killed by the dentist Walter Palmer.
The five men killed in the Tennessee shooting were Randall Smith, Thomas Sullivan, Squire (Skip) Wells, David Wyatt, and Carson Holmquist.
The victims of the Louisiana movie shooting were Jillian Johnson and Mayci Breaux.
Why is it that we as a society are spending more time and energy discussing a lion then the death of innocent people?
Have we become that desensitized about the loss of human life that it no longer matters?
We've seen more coverage on ABC news of Cecil the lion then any of the coverage of the Planned Parenthood videos discussing the dismembering of human babies. Since the first video was released on July 14th, ABC spend a total of 46 seconds on it. Compare that to the 12 minutes and 14 seconds covering the lion. And there has been no coverage at all about the 2nd, 3rd or 4th videos released.
Don't get me wrong, I felt upset hearing the story about the lion but our outrage as a country has gone way beyond it's appropriate level when compared to other major stories in the news. In a matter of days the dentist has become the most hated person in America. He's a chump who paid out a huge chunk of money, more then many in American make in a year, to shoot a wild animal. From what I've read and seen in the massive amount of coverage this story has had, he doesn't sound like the best person in the world but it also sounds like he was mislead by the guides he hired to point him in the direction of the animal to kill.
He now has people protesting outside his office calling for him to be hanged even.
On the other hand we have four videos of members of Planned Parenthood discussing ripping apart the small bodies of aborted babies, even discussing the most optimal ways to kill them so to preserve their organs. In one video they even calously say "It's another boy" as they sort through the peices of the dead baby.
In that last video, the child parts they are sifting through is that of an 11 week old. You can click HERE to read about how the baby has grown at that point. At 11 weeks, the child has fingers (which you can see in the parts they are sifting through) and even teeth begin to form. And after week 8 the baby can feel pain.
So as you sit at your dinner table with your family and the fist pounding on the table begins for the loss of Cecil the lion think about where our outrage is as a country. Think about the stories important enough to us to even remember the names of those killed.