I’ve never known a vicious Pitbull. Oh, I’ve seen them on the news, and read articles about them online, but I’ve never met one. However, I’ve met a vicious Poodle and a vicious Golden Retriever. Ferreal.
As I have met many more sweet Poodles and loving Goldens, I tend to assume that shh..the people who raised the vicious dog are the problem. *nods* Perhaps not enough leadership, perhaps not enough socialization.
The Pitbulls I’ve known are family dogs which trod behind wagons, gladly suffer wearing a little girl’s scarf, beg for bacon, and snuggle kittens.
I personally wouldn’t own a Pitbull, as I like dogs who are fluffy and furry with floppy ears. “Oh yes I do, Oh yes I do! Who’s a pretty girl?”
I don’t fear Pitbulls, or think they should be banned from neighborhoods.
I don’t know a lot about dog breeding, but I know enough to know breeding licenses are required in some states and not others. I also know some people just keep dogs in a kennel and breed puppies a couple of times a year. I don’t like that. I don’t think that’s right. I think too many irresponsible people are breeding dogs.
I also fully acknowledge that dogs don’t need a license to breed, therefore, it’s the owners who need to be educated.
I recognize there are too many animals dying in shelters, rescues are full, and people are still willing to pay $750 for a puppy mill Yorkie, despite abundant education.
Similarly to the Pitbull situation, I’ve never been around gun-totin criminals. Yes, I’ve seen them on the television, and read about them in the news, but I don’t actually know any irresponsible gun owners.
I know a guy who practically has an arsenal. Even as wacky as I think he is, he doesn’t scare me, and I don’t think he should surrender his weapons.
Most of the gun owners I know are people who have extensive arms training, and so they tend not to bring their guns to baby showers, soccer games, or out to lunch.
I know plenty of people who have guns I’ve never seen. My dental hygienist kept a pistol in her purse, but she never pulled it on me during my cleaning. I know mommies who keep theirs in a lock box with a trigger lock. I know a couple who has antique weapons just hangin around in their attic. My grandmother kept a rifle behind her bedroom door. My son had upteen Airsoft guns when he was a teenager, but he never did put anyone’s eye out.
I know some people who hunt. I know some people who shoot targets and skeet. I know some people who would rather shoot someone than be shot, raped, or robbed. Mostly, I just know a lot of service members.
I know guns don’t need to be registered, or fired by those who hold a permit. That trigger works no matter who squeezes it or where it was purchased.
I’m not in favor of a gun ban. I may be a liberal, but I’m far too American (‘Merican?) to want a gun ban.
I would personally never own a gun, because I don’t like guns. I fired a shotgun a few times in my youth. I was a pretty good shot, but I didn’t enjoy it. I don’t care for the sensation of recoil and let’s face it, I’m clumsy and anxious. I am exactly the kind of person who would have a “gun-related incident.”
I’d like to live in a world where psychopaths don’t have guns.
I’d like to live in a world where Pitbulls are never fought, and are as loved as any other dog.
Guns are like Pitbulls: It’s all a matter of who’s handling them.