Whether you are for or against these laws, this debate is not only two sided. Much like the dogs themselves, the issue is much more complex than that. It seems at times people don't understand BSL is not only when a breed is banned, but also when they are restricted in some way, whether mandatory spay/neuter or thousands and thousands of dollars in liability insurance. The law has proven to be ineffective and just plain unenforceable. Some might argue that the mandatory spay and neuter aspect is not a completely bad thing, and on the outside looking in, I would tend to agree. But, if that's the case, then why not have it be all dogs, not just the "pit bulls"?
If we really want to level the playing field for all dogs, it's about time we start using that in our messaging. By constantly focusing on "pit bulls," we enable the conversation to continue to be directed solely on them.
We all want to live in communities free of danger where both humans and family pets are judged by their actions, without bias. As "Guilty 'Til Proven Innocent" editor, Bryan Porter, so eloquently stated at the Kansas City FilmFest, "take everything you thought, throw it out the window and start fresh."