While the memory still aches emotionally, I understand intellectually why Dusty had to be removed from the farm. A farmer keeps a sheepdog to watch over the sheep. Once it attacks, rather than protects, the sheep entrusted to its care, it is corrupted. A sheepdog that has tasted sheep blood wants more, and such a dog becomes a menace instead of an ally to a sheep farmer.
So, how is this a parable of America today? It has nothing to do with gun violence, if that’s what you were thinking. Instead, it speaks to the fundamental concept of what constitutes right and wrong government for a free people.