EDITOR:I can't speak for all of us Bible-thumping, gun-toting, freedom lovers out there but I disagree with the letter "How do you know?" by Mary Ann Owens which was published on May 21 regarding banning pit-bulls.
I will say that pit-bull attacks are tragic.
What's more tragic are the other breeds that are conveniently omitted because any dog is capable of attacking. The thing that always seems to be the common factor here is that dog wasn't adequately restrained, which in most states is illegal to start with. Punish the irresponsible dog owner. Don't hang the pit-bull because its owner was irresponsible.
I'm not a dog owner, but I do love dogs. I will say this much. If a dog charges at someone, in an aggressive manner, I hope that they would have enough sense to defend themselves with any means possible before getting mauled.
If we should ban pit-bulls, then we'd better not forget the Rottweilers, German shepherds, Huskies, Alaskan malamutes, and so on and so forth. So much for sled dog races.
We shouldn't forget about a story that made the LA Times on Oct. 9, 2000, 1 about a baby being mauled to death, by of all breeds - a pomeranian?
Really? Yep, here's a link, articles.latimes.com/2000/oct/09/local/me-34015, because you really can't make this stuff up.
I guess we should ban pomeranians and all those ankle-biter breeds as well.
Save the wolves and gun down all the pit-bulls is what I'm hearing.
Apparently, wolves don't attack anything. A dog, is a dog, is a dog.
They're all nothing more than a domesticated wolf anyway. Any dog can attack. Any dog can turn on its owner as well.
This mindset with the "all pit-bull are dangerous" is no different than racism.
Since animals have more rights than humans in most matters anyway, where's the ACLU?
Where did Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson go and hide? I want to file suit for pit-bull discrimination, but what do I know?
I'm just one of those typical southern, white men that clings to his religion and guns.
Anthony Joseph Schabel