I was going to research a bunch of statistics, but I'm sure most of you will get the point without the exact numbers.
There are people who want Pit Bulls (American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier, to name the most common) banned because Pits have been known to attack humans. The first argument here is that, yes, Pits have attacked humans, but so have Labs, Rotties, Dobermans, Golden Retrievers, Akitas...hell, I know a woman who was attacked by her Dachshund. Society and the media are using Pits as scapegoats. How many times have you seen a news story about a Pit attacking a human? Many, many times. But you never hear anything about other breeds attacking people. Why is that?
Also, Pit bulls are bred at an alarming rate. Why? For dog fighting. Therefore, if the Pit population is so large, of course it will seem like a majority of attacks are by those dogs. And, I won't even start on the irresponsible, greedy bastard owners who train these dogs to be killers, to fight other dogs, owners who abuse their dog so the dog grows into a "tough guy" status symbol.
Now, this is what I find incredibly sick and twisted....
How many parents kill their children each year?
How many people are killed by cigarettes each year?
How many people are killed by automobiles each year?
How many people are killed by other people each year?
Now, how many people are killed by Pit bulls?
Out of the estimated 53 million dogs in the United States 92 fatal attacks are contributed to Pit Bulls or Pit Bull Mixes (2 were from American Staffordshire Terriers) from 1965-2001.
Source: Fatal Dog Attacks by Karen Delise
Imagine that. 53 million dogs. 92 fatal attacks out of 431 that span a 37 year period.
So, I ask you, why aren't we banning cigarettes or parents or guns or cars?! They all kill more people in a day than Pit bulls do in years. Does anyone else see any kind of problem with this?