Some St. Maryâ€™s County, MD Residents Use Hysteria, Not Logic in BSL Push
Fresh off their “win” in the embarrassment that was the Tracey v. Solesky kangaroo court ruling in 2012, which deemed so-called “pit bulls” “inherently vicious” via extremely flawed and one-sided information, anti-pit bull protesters of the Avonlea Farm neighborhood in Mechanicsville, Maryland pushed for even more breed-specific legislation (BSL) by lobbying the St. Mary’s Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.Â
After a September incident involving a negligent dog owner, who owned what are described as “pit bulls,” though no such breed exists, Kimberly Page, asked that something be done about “pit bulls,” telling the commission at the commissioner public forum,
â€œItâ€™s the children. We need to protect them,â€ Page said. â€œIâ€™m trying to prevent tragedy.â€ If a dangerous breed is going to be permitted, then regulations need to be enacted, she wrote.
They sure are dusting off the golden oldies in Maryland.Â
First, Tracey v. Solesky put forth all those decades-old and long debunked pit bull myths (read lies) as if they were true: myths like that pit bulls are insensitive to pain; bite or attack without warning; and have strong, powerful jaws with a 2,000 pound pounds per square inch bite force.Â Now they’re bringing back the “for the children, why won’t anyone think of the children” hysterics in order to manipulate the commission into thinking with their emotions instead of with logic.Â If these advocates really cared about children, they’d stop using children to push breed-specific legislation, which, as even the White House now acknowledges, is ineffective legislation, and push instead for dangerous dog (owner) laws which put the onus on irresponsible dog owners with escalating fines and penalties. Â
Ms. Page wasn’t done with her misinformation, however.Â She added that,
. . . based on her research, 60 percent of fatal dog bites nationwide come from pit bulls, and the victims are usually children and the elderly. When a pit bull gets into a fight, â€œtheyâ€™re in it to win it,â€ she said.
Dogsbite.org and Merritt Clifton barely merit the description of “research” since they, like the Tracey v. Solesky decision, operate on a system of disinformation, junk science, and half-truths, including a one-sided version of the CDC study that the CDC themselves discredited, which featured prominently in the abominable Tracey v. Solesky ruling.Â
Again, there is no breed “pit bull,” which is why statistics on so-called pit bulls — which incorporate several breeds of actual dogs, their mixes, and lookalikes — are skewed and therefore meaningless to anyone with a brain and/or not pushing a radical animal rightist agenda to end all domestic animal ownership.Â Yes, I wonder if the St. Mary’s County Board of County Commissioners knows that breed-specific legislation has its source from radical animal rightists who seek to end all domestic animal ownership, BSL being only one of many ways they go about doing so?Â
It would seem that, indeed, the Board of County Commissioners did know the 411 about BSL, with some of its members apparently unconvinced by Ms. Page’s emotionalism.Â Commissioner Dan Morris, while requesting that Animal Control Supervisor Tony Malaspina look into updating the countyâ€™s animal control regulations, did not instruct Malaspina to make it breed-specific adding â€œThatâ€™s probably not the way to go” . . .Â
Malaspina echoed Morris adding,
â€œWe keep trying to add teeth to [the animal control ordinance], but anything breed specific, I myself feel itâ€™s the responsibility of the owners as to how the dog is raised,â€ Malaspina said. â€œI donâ€™t think it needs to be breed specific.â€
Commissioner Larry Jarboe likewise commented, â€œIâ€™ve met pit bulls that are very friendly.â€Â
While the board of county commissioners appears to be leaning away from a breed ban or anything breed-specific, Commissioner Todd Morgan concluded that â€œhow this is going to play out, I donâ€™t know.â€Â So the dog lobby will have to stay vigilant, like it apparently wasn’t during Tracey v. Solesky, because the radical animal rightists and the anti-pit bull lobby will just continue to use the lies fromÂ Tracey v. Solesky to push for more rights-negating and impotent BSL.Â