Readers Sound Off on Pit Bull Legislation Failing
The Maryland General Assembly failed to pass a bill overturning a court ruling that pit bulls are an "inherently dangerous breed."
I am glad the pit bull bill is dying. I know, I know, not all pit bulls are vicious dogs. But there are enough irresponsible owners out there to generate enough reports of pit bull attacks that something has to be done. And, yes, other breeds of dogs bite people too. But those bites generally do not cause such damage that people require reconstructive surgery or even die. There have been some, but when tallied up, pit bulls are the worst offenders.
Sean, while you say you're glad the court ruling hasn't been overturned, your comment points to the REAL source of danger and dogs: the owners. Dangerous dog breed fads come and go - dobermans, Rottweilers, Dalmatians, Akitas, chow chows and more have all been targeted as "dangerous breeds." Instead of a law focusing on a particular, non-specific type of dog (most dogs pegged as pit bull type dogs, aren't), Maryland needs legislation that targets dog ownership and dangerous behavior, regardless of perceived breed.
If only people would be a lot more open minded to the idea that our attitude towards pitbulls is just the same as segregation or racism.
I find it amazing that our Legislators can agree on creating another casino that will more than likely make all of the casinos unprofitable, but cannot resolve an issue as simple as pitbulls. Haven't you all noticed that the commercials in support of the sixth casino stated that the state would receive a billion dollars in taxes, which now according to releases from Annapolis has changed to $300,000,000.? What happened to the $700,000,000.? Will the schools actually receive the funds or like New Jersey will this income simply be used to offset the budge already allocated for schools, resulting in no benefit for the children of this state?
Sean, it seems that you have bought into the media's unscientific reporting that pit bulls are some how this evil breed that has to be stopped. The historical record doesn't support this supposition. Your curious citation from a Harford County news source is evidence of this. We can all agree that laws need to come down hard on owners. Pit bulls haven't changed at all, people and lack of law that holds people accountable has. I suggest you broaden your source pool when suggesting incorrectly that put bulls are mainly responsible for all this unwarranted violence "no matter how you dice it."
JijiNakaba glad the idiotic bill failed
ekapus It's not the breed, it's the moron owners.