Is the acceptance of large scale gun violence in America desensitizing Americans to violence in general? Does it make them less caring towards companion animals?
Please forgive me for doing one more article as a spin-off from the marathon bomb story. I just find this sort of thing interesting because it might help us get to the root of good cat caretaking, a subject that is important to me. There is a need to improve cat caretaking at a general level, worldwide.
On the radio this morning – BBC Radio 4 – the presenter made a good point (as far as I was concerned). He said that in America 85 people are shot dead every day. The gun death trend leads to the conclusion that it will outstrip car deaths by 2015. I am not sure he is correct with the 85 per day figure but I am sure that the USA is just behind Venezuela in the number of gun homicides per year (average over past 5 years) and 5th in the world.
He also referred to the lack of desire of the American government to tighten up gun control even in the light of the 20 young children killed in the Sandy Hook School massacre. The gun that killed them was an automatic rifle. The whole event took 5 minutes.
Then we have the Boston marathon bombings in which 3 people were killed and 180 people were injured, some very seriously. An horrendous event that rightly resulted in a fantastically effective law enforcement response. It was total war on the terrorists and America won.
Is there a disparity in the response to the homegrown, domestic daily shootings and routine massacres (often at schools) and the “terrorist” bombings? It seems that the driving force for an effective response is not the number of victims but who the perpetrators are and their motives.
The terrorist bombings are an attack on the proud people of America, whereas the daily murders using firearms are American to American incidents. They appear to be accepted. It is a domestic problem. The well known scale of the gun homicide problem indicates that Americans have become inured to the extraordinarily high levels of gun violence. Is the lack of adequate gun control desensitizing Americans with respect to violence? If so, does this have an impact on the quality of care that, in general, Americans apply to their cats? Does it help feed the culture of cat declawing? Does it condition people to accept the large number of cats PTS at centers yearly?
Note: I am not saying that Americans in general have poor standards of cat care.