This story sickened me. Utterly.
There are two reasons. I shall start with the minor. There seems to be an undertone of “gun-control” here. That is not the issue. Such utter slime would have been just as happy to kick the poor moggie to death or to shiv her with a screwdriver.
Two quotes come to mind here. One is from an NRA bumper sticker I saw in Atlanta, GA in 1996, “When guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns.”
The second is from Martin Luther King Jr, “We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
From those the major point segues in. And it is this. Evil exists irrespective of technology. The Rwandan genocide killed more than Little Boy and Fat Man put together in a very short space of weeks and the Rwandans were armed only with machetes and matches. The point is intent. I look around my kitchen and see many things I could kill with – or make gazpacho with – guess what I tend to do?
The doors to Heaven and Hell are adjacent and identical and it is down to us to make that decision. That is what makes us human.
I suspect the cat-killers shall be caught. I can’t imagine though a suitably heavy sentence being served upon them. I would want to impose… Well, we’ll not go there shall we? Of course killing a cat is not as important as killing a human? Maybe not. But why not consider punishing cause and not effect?
To me that cat-killing is more evil than some bloke coming home from the golf course early and finding his wife in bed with his boss and taking a five iron to the pair in a fit of rage. That I can understand (not the same as condone) but nobody on that jury wouldn’t think, “There but for the Grace…”. The killing of a friendly old moggie for the sheer Hell of it… That is just evil. Perhaps we ought to punish more on that basis?
Punish on the basis of evil of intent and not consequences. I’m OK with that.
I have a cat and if anyone wants to get jiggy with him then it will be duct-tape and my well-furnished tool-box (up to and including the soldering iron up the urethra and indeed elsewise) and it will not be over quickly and they shall not enjoy it. I have a wood-chipper.
Evil exists and for my buck it is the evil who deserve to be be thrown through the Doors of Night. Cast unto the utter void until the final judgement.
And if you think it naive or foolish of me to take my morality from Tolkien then ask me who else?
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – Gandalf, Fellowship of The Ring.
I recently had a bonfire (went up like a hecatomb – I was a combustion theorist* and as a kid I could set fire to water and get cashback for the ensuing drizzle). I rescued a snail before the conflagration. I didn’t need to but…
I am moral (usually) and that matters.
For that reason I want the killers of that poor cat to get it hard and slow.
*Specifically Type Ia supernovae.