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Ban It All!Posted Saturday, January 12, 2013, at 9:31 AM
Diego is looking for a home of his own. Are you looking for Diego?
Lives are lost each day for any number of reasons. People die from disease, accidents, and self inflicted acts. We look at those causes and wish that we could simply ban those problems. It would certainly be the easy route to take. Let's ban cancer. I'm tired of losing family and friends due to that disease. Unfortunately, it's not possible.
Shootings have some screaming, ''ban guns!". Dogs biting people have some screaming, ''ban pit bulls!"
I will be the first to admit I do not like guns. I've never touched a gun, nor do I have any desire to. This does not mean, however, that I don't think it is okay for some people to own a gun. The Constitution of The United States of America clearly states we have the right to bare arms. I would of course prefer that guns only be used for the hunting of wild animals. And yes, I believe guns don't kill people, the people pulling the trigger are killing people.
I think the same of animals that are attacking humans. It's not the animal that has been placed in a situation where they feel uncomfortable enough to bite, it's the owner of the dog that is allowing that to happen. Many cities, such as Sioux City, IA, have Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) that bans any dog that appears to be a pit bull
from living within the city limits. Has this ban stopped people being bitten by dogs? Nope. In fact, in many cities, including Denver, CO, there have been a rising number of bites since the ban. How can this be? Because it is a human problem, not a dog problem. Any dog can and will bite if put in a situation where they are uncomfortable. It doesn't matter the breed.
You want to ban all of the dangerous things in this world? Ban humans. We are the ones messing everything up.
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My name is Stephanie O'Brien. I'm an animal lover and enjoy volunteering. I have combined those passions into providing a temporary home to animals that would otherwise be sitting in a shelter or worse, euthanized due to lack of room in a shelter. For the past two years I've fostered pit bull type dogs for a rescue in South Dakota. I've also had the opportunity to do some presentations on responsible pet ownership and have been involved in fighting breed specific legislation in SD and IA. I'm looking forward to providing the readers with animal related topics and possibly answer any questions you may have. Enjoy! Stephanie Sioux Empire Pit Rescue Volunteer