Unless you spent the memorial day weekend under a rock, you’ve heard by now of the events that unfolded at the Cincinnati zoo over the weekend in which a four year old child fell into the gorilla cage. As the child came under attack from the gorilla, zookeepers were forced to shoot the gorilla to save the life of the child.
The uproar of the zoo’s life-saving actions have been the focal point of many news broadcasts from the major outlets. According to Newsbusters, the three major news networks have spent a total of 55 minutes on their daily and nightly news programs covering all angles of the gorilla story, including the rantings of animal activists who feel that the gorilla’s live is more important than the life of a child.
That is 54 times the amount of coverage that the mainstream media gave to the 69 shootings in Chicago over the same weekend. The city with some of the strictest gun laws in all of America saw 69 of their citizens shot and all of the major media outlets spent less than 1 minute combined to cover the crisis in Obama’s hometown.
Is it possible that the media is not covering the bloodbath in Chicago because it shows that enacting strict gun laws does nothing to deter crime?
Have we really fallen so far in America where we are more outraged at the unfortunate but necessary killing of a gorilla to save a child than we are about people being gunned down in the streets in broad daylight?