And SO many parents are not. There’s something like 35 million families in this country. Surely a few parents scattered here and there meet your exacting standards?

Where did I say that this was an accident? Where? Posing a larger question about the possibility that a tragedy involving a child could ever be an accident is not the same thing as saying THIS WAS AN ACCIDENT. For the millionth time, I wasn’t there. Neither. Were. You.

And I guess you know how to react in a situation like this (making public statements, etc.) because you’ve been in the white hot glare of death threats from thousands of strangers? For what it’s worth, this was mentioned in a news story last week:

“Some have offered money to the family, which we do not want and will not accept,” the family said in a statement. “If anyone wishes to make a gift, we recommend a donation to the Cincinnati Zoo in Harambe’s name.”

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