MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - A Muncie man has surrendered to face allegations he forced his 7-year-old daughter to kill the family cat by holding a knife in her hand and making her stab it.
Thirty-nine-year-old Danield J. Collins was being held in Delaware County Jail on $40,000 bond on charges of animal cruelty, battery and neglect of a dependent. The jail had no record of an attorney for Collins.
An affidavit filed today in Delaware County alleges Collins told his 11-year-old son and daughter he wanted them to "learn how to kill" and ordered them to kill the family's pet cat.
Detective Jami Brown of the Muncie Police Department says Collins forced his daughter to hold the knife and then held her hand tightly as he drove the knife into the animal.
The affidavit says the girl also said her father stabbed the cat himself and also strangled it.
This is ridiculous !! Here is a story of a concerned father doing his level best to teach his children how to survive in a dangerous world, and he is being charged with a crime for meeting his responsibility to his kids. For the government to intrude on the rights of a parent to instruct his children in life's important lessons smacks of the worst sort of interference, and should not be tolerated.
Let's not lose sight of the fact that our lives are fraught with danger. Disaster can strike from any quarter, and if we are not prepared to kill any threat we will certainly be victims. What Mr. Collins did was appropriate on more than one level.
Everyone knows that the greatest threat to our well-being comes from brown-skinned people from Mexico and the Middle East, and he chose his cat, a beautiful tan colored tom named "Raghead", to acclimate his kids to killing creatures of that color. With enough practice, when the time comes(as it surely must), his kids will react instinctively and be more likely to survive.
The other aspect of Mr. Collins' lesson is that guns, while expedient, are too impersonal, and they simply do not provide the same pleasure as killing something by hand. This is something we all know--who among you hasn't experienced the tremendous pleasure of killing a living, breathing creature with their bare hands. The experience becomes much more meaningful when done this way and you find yourself wanting to repeat it again and again. This is a lesson that Dick "Shotgun" Cheney has yet to learn, and he will be an incomplete human being until he does.
Mr. Collins should be applauded for what he did--certainly not prosecuted. There are profound Constitutional questions involved here. For that reason, I am starting a fund to provide for his defense. Please donate as much as you can--no amount will be rejected.