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Squawk of the Day - March 6, 2013

Squawkers talk about outlawing pit bulls. In 2011 there were 21 people killed in the U.S. by pit bulls. At the same time there were more than 3,000 people killed by other people. Therefore you’re 150 times more likely to die at the hands of another human being than by a bull dog. Maybe we ought to outlaw people.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 8 months ago

Sorry, but this is a dumb argument, and poor use of "statistics".

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Mr_Heatmiser 1 year, 8 months ago

So, your point is that you have one breed of dog that caused twice as many fatalities in 2011 as all other 175+ breeds of dogs combined, and everyone else is just a being mean and unfair for wanting this animal banned from their neighborhoods. Got it.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 8 months ago

What a loathsome proposition. It sounds like a machination arising from the bowels of the Third Reich who did, in fact outlaw groups of people as contributors to social maladies and philosophical differences to the Aryan Purity. By what mean do you suggest fulfillment of your law, you depraved creature that espouses such a hideous dictum.

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RedEric 1 year, 8 months ago

Aye, and they learned it from American Progressives..

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MRKIA 1 year, 8 months ago

SQUAWKER: YOU'LL BE THE FIRST. MORONS NEED TO BE OUTLAWED TOO.

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waltspecht 1 year, 8 months ago

I don't know. If you are going to kill a dog for attacking people, why not extend Capital Punishment to people that do the same of worse to other people?

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Jax 1 year, 8 months ago

People have better legal representation.

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Bulldawg 1 year, 8 months ago

The squaker never said how many put bull owners there are in the US who have never had any trouble with their dogs. When I was a kid, I had a doberman on one side of my house and a rotweiller on the other. Both dogs were quite gentle and friendly. They protected the other kids in the neighborhood from mean stray dogs that would come through from time to time. My point is, that people should not demonize an entire breed of dog because a very small percentage of the breed has killed or injured people. This is the same mentality that thinks we should outlaw guns or any other weapon for that matter.

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Jacob 1 year, 8 months ago

Guns do not get loose and go chew up children. Pit bulls do.

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Bulldawg 1 year, 8 months ago

Any breed of dog provoked enough could do the same thing to people, Some crazy people have gotten loose and chewed people up as well. And no, I do not own a pit bull. I have a 120lb male golden lab that is like a mack truck. I just do not like to see people making blanket statements about a very subjective subject.

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Bulldawg 1 year, 8 months ago

P.S. Guns can chew people up like a machine gun or a 12GA shotgun for example. I know, I have seen it first hand.

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Jacob 1 year, 8 months ago

P.S. The guns did not act on their own. I have been around literally thousands of weapons. I have yet to notice one of them get up and go attack someone own its own.

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Jacob 1 year, 8 months ago

True, any breed of dog can attack people. However, pit bulls do exponentially more damage when they do. The stats don't lie. Those dogs kill more people than all the other breeds combined. To deny that is idiotic. The breed has no place in society unless you are a gang banger, dope dealer, or are compensating for your lack of manhood.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 8 months ago

Switch dogs for guns in your argument and I would say it's "spot on".

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sowegap 1 year, 8 months ago

My brother-in-law has a golden lab and he is so sweet and playful, does not have a mean bone in his body and all he wants to do is play and he is as big as a mack truck and only just a little over a year old. He is so docile, he does not recognize when another dog is being mean to him. My niece has a poodle Jack Russell Terrier mix and he is mean as all get out and only weighs 10 pounds soaking wet, but will snap at you in a minute, get close to his Momma, her mother or brother and he is very protective.

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usmcret 1 year, 8 months ago

It has little to do with the animal... behavior is universally learned. Irresponsible people do far more damage than a breed of dog. Its the idiot on the other end of the leash...pun intended

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danielle1 1 year, 8 months ago

I am a pit bull owner and my dog stays inside 90% of the time. She only goes outside to do her business and play when i have time to go out with her. I live in a neighborhood full of children running up and down the street every afternoon playing with balls and, with each other. I would feel comfortable leaving her out all day but I choose not to put her or myself in a situation where something bad may happen. I let her out one afternoon and went to get something out of the house only to return and find a group of teenage boys terrorizing my dog with sticks. They were laughing and thought it was funny. I blame irresponsible owners for the terrible things that happen involving pit bulls or any type of dog. Something bad is bound to happen when these animals are chained up to a tree for their entire lives with very little human contact.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 8 months ago

I witnessed a kid from my back alley try and throw a rock at my mini dachshund a couple of weeks ago. I was standing right there playing with my dog when she attempted to throw the rock at my dog. I feel that some of the attacks on children are because they are terrorizing these poor pets. Not every situation is like that but believe most are because of this. These pets cannot speak and rely on their owners to protect them. Until a pet owner is put in that type of situation most people will never understand it. I agree with your statement, Danielle.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 8 months ago

I talked with a neighbor of mine this afternoon and the same happened with her dog by the same kid I mentioned in my previous statement except she tried with pine cones and the father was standing there watching her do it. Shame on these parents who do not teach their kids right from wrong.

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VSU 1 year, 8 months ago

Some say "That dog doesn't scare me (as long as it is on the other side of the fence)" Wonder how it would be if they did not realize the gate was partly opened and that dog got out. They could be in for a rude awakening. If dogs could talk, they would say "Okay tough guy or gal, let's see you throw a rock or pine cone at me now"

I agree, it's bad enough they don't respect animals and yet the father is there encouraging her to do it. Shows you how mature he is.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 8 months ago

Actually pit bulls are a cottage industry. The folks who breed them and sell them for a big bucks are usually the poor and this is a way to supplement their income. Most dogs never see a vet or the puppies either. Go to the root of the matter and you will see less and less of the poor pits thrown out by the highway. Outlaw breeding more than one litter a year and this will help the situation all around. People will continue to breed them because they will make at least $1000 for each litter and most of it is profit. As Barney once said "Nip it in the Bud".

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Watever 1 year, 8 months ago

Chinaberry25 I have to disagree with you about the folks are poor that breed them, look at Michael Vick, an a few more that were publicized, an they were the only ones that were caught..

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dingleberry 1 year, 8 months ago

Be careful with such suggestions or we will have the "breeding police" out peaking through the fence as Fido and Fidoll go at it.

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Watever 1 year, 8 months ago

Dog's are like kids, you raise them right, they will act right...

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RedEric 1 year, 8 months ago

A lot of them are on welfare and we all know what that does to kids.

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Clyde 1 year, 8 months ago

In the year 2012 there were 491 posters chewed near bout to death by Albany Herald Squawkers. If we outlawed all CorchJohnson's, BSR's, and the many others who like all of us have a right to freedom of squawk there would be no fun here anymore. I've had more gut bustin laughs on here than I ever have watching the Comedy Channel. Not trying to make light of kids or anyone being hurt by dogs, people with guns or in any way but come on!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

Squawker, if you applied this kind of thinking to human beings......well you'd pretty quickly come to some very Politically Incorrect conclusions about what to do next!

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WTFwtf 1 year, 8 months ago

Pits were bred to mame and kill. Read that again. Yes your sweet pit was bred to mame and kill. Your pit is capable of ultra violence. Perhaps more so than any other breed. This is a fact u need to think about. Why do i feel Albanians dont understand biology, genes, selective breeding or evolution of species? Check out "dogs that changed the world" video from PBS. For every argument that starts.... My pit would never do that.... Is missing the point.

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Sally_O 1 year, 8 months ago

You're an idiot, anybody should take what you say with a grain of salt.

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danielle1 1 year, 8 months ago

Your absolutely correct and, that's exactly what I would expect "my Pitt" to do if you entered into my yard or home uninvited. "Responsible" people who choose to take on the responsibility of owning a "vicious breed" should know what they are capable of before they take on that responsibility. I feel that 90% of incidents involving Pitt Bulls are a direct result of irresponsible owners.

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WTFwtf 1 year, 8 months ago

Theres a reason lions and tigers r illeagal to own as pets. They will kill u and r too dangerous in most cases. Dogs r one of the most varied animal species. Think poodles to st bernards. We as logically thinking people can and should get rid of a particular breed of dog, the pit bull bc they too r too dangerous to have as pets

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