Originally Posted by Steve Sewell
I love the "this is America" argument that seemingly would prohibit the government from passing any laws that would infringe on the rights of citizens regardless of whether that right resulted in a public safety hazard.
"This is America"...I should be able to have a meth lab in my back yard as long as I'm responsible.
"This is America"...I should be able to have a loaded AK-47 on me when I drink beer on my front porch as long as I'm responsible.
"This is America"...I should be able to have nuclear waste barrels buried in my backyard.
The list could go on, but haven't the statistics proven that pit bulls are BY FAR the most hazardous dog when it comes to public safety? I've heard tons of reports about pit bull maulings where it was their first ever attack and it lived in a loving home. You can't ignore statistics like the one's slug posted by saying, "oh that's just the ones with the bad owners". Which is probably the reason why the majority of the Libertarian crowd failed to appropriately respond to them.
Seriously, there is no point in owning a pit bull. There are literally thousands of other breeds out there to choose from, but you choose...the most dangerous breed available by a wide margin. Think about how stupid that sounds...
Let me explain myself further. My point is that Pit Bulls are not the most dangerous, just the most abundant of the so called dangerous breeds. The breeds I pointed out can be much more dangerous. If you make pits illegal then the type of people that want aggressive dogs will simply switch to one of the other ones. Breeders to make money will breed those dogs to fill the demand. Then in 10 years we will be talking about banning Presa or Tosa's etc. Legislation banning a specific breed will not work. I just can't support legislation that creates more govt intrusion and really won't make people any safer.
A better thing is to punish people who use a dog in an unlawful manner. IE dog fighting, using your dog to intimidate others, using your dog to inflict injury, not caring for your dog etc etc etc. This would of course include the unfortunate instances where kids or people get mauled or killed by a dog.
I have owned quite a few different breeds of dog including some hard to manage breeds like Elkhound, Tosa Inu, Jindo. You simply must make sure your dog can't get out of the backyard when you have an aggressive breed. Owners are careless more then dogs are vicious.