As being older and “wiser”, I feel I need to get in this conversation. J.Kb. has made it clear that he has no love for the breed and he is not the only one out there. And there are the Pitbull lovers that will swear on a stack of bibles that the dogs are truly lovable and incapable of hurting another living creature unless trained for it. Some dog lovers consider the anti-Pitbull stance aking to an anti-gun position and say it is a bit hypocritical. I’ll expand on this later.
I am going to share a couple of experiences with you. A friend of mine in Venezuela had a small farm in which he raised sheep and pigs. Not that many, but enough to keep himself and his family fed and sell the excess. But he was suffering losses from thieves and decided it would be a good idea to have a fierce dog on property. Being of Italian extraction, he got himself a Cane Corso pup and trained him to be obedient and take care of the stock. The dog was raised among the sheep so they were not unknown animals that suddenly appeared in his life and could be considered either threats or prey. Everything was fine till one day when he was about 2 years old and for reasons unknown, the Corso attacked the sheep and killed several. He was obviously put down by the owner who did not relish doing so.
The other case was my own Dobermann, trained by me personally. Extremely obedient, bilingual and a great guard dog. But because of one silly experience he became a child hater. The next-door neighbor kid got his hand through the fence and the dog knowing him, simply approached him. The kid thought it would be funny to punch him in the nose for shits and giggles to which the dog responded by nipping him in the fingers. This happened in the presence of me and his parents, both on our own side of the property.
The kid’s mom raised shit about the dog biting the kid to which I reminded her that it was her bipedal vaginal excretion the one who inserted his hand in my property and attacked the dog. I went on to warn them not to harm my dog or else. They did not, mostly I believe because they have seen me for many years playing and improving on flammables. But as for the dog, he no longer trusted kids and saw them as outright threats to him and the household. After that, no kids were allowed on property, and we had to isolate the section of our land that butted into the neighbor’s house just to avoid future episodes. Our dog lived a long life in case you wanted to know.
If I had not be present the moment my dog was hit, I wouldn’t know why he may have attacked a child nor prepare for it. And here comes the point I wanted to make about the “equivalence” of being Anti-Pitbull and Anti-Gun: Dogs are capable of autonomous actions. Guns are not. Guns will not shoot anybody on their own if you leave them unattended. Dogs may attack if left to their own devices and specially if improperly trained and let loose.
That is the big difference.
Will I shoot a roaming Pitbull on sight? Nope, but you can bet your ass my hand won’t be far from my sidearm. More than one Pitbull loose? My hand will be on the gun, no shit. And if I detect the slightest hint of aggression, I will draw and the call to Animal Control or 911 be damned. And the same goes to any big ass dog bred for fighting.