The toll: Cincinnati, 1 dead gorilla; Chicago, 66 dead people

The fatal shooting of Harambe, the 17-year-od western lowland gorilla in the Cincinnati Zoo who was using a 4-year-old boy as a plaything, has  spawned a disgusting swarm of second-guessers..

"They should have shot the mother instead," columnist Heidi Stevens reported spotting on Twitter.  She observed that more than 400,000 have signed a petition calling for the zoo, Child Protective Services and the Cincinnati Police Department to hold the child's parents responsible for Harambe's death." Never mind that 400,000 blockheads don't have all the facts yet.

Over on Facebook, this turned up:

Brandi Wall: I say another parent loses a kid that results in an animals (sic) death should have to serve out the rest of their (sic) days wearing a costume and caged in said animals (sic) place. ie, that dumbshit whose kid fell in with gorilla. Suit up bitch, time to sweat your life away as a gorilla!
It's  easy to compare those reactions to the reactions to the 66 people who were murdered in Chicago in May. So I'm guilty of shooting fish in a barrel on this one, because the outraged reaction reaction over Harambe's death seems so much out of proportion to the increasingly muted reaction to the murders of human beings in Chicago.

But when it comes to choosing between the life of  a gorilla or a child, it's fair to ask: Whose life is more important? Of course the gorilla had to be shot before he could have killed or maimed the child. It's stunning that some folks seem to believe the gorilla should come first.

About the mother? God, folks, she nearly lost a kid. Did she do wrong? Let's wait to learn the facts, can we?

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