That's how 

As a life-long Democrat and familiar with the suicidal tendencies of my party’s leaders I was sitting around wondering just how Bart Peterson could possibly screw up an almost uncontested reelection. Then I saw that he’d thrown his support behind a breed-specific dog ban in Indianapolis, the so-called “pit bull ban” (News, Thumbs, June 6-13).

Oh … that’s how.

Let me pose a few simple questions. First, since “pit bull” is a generic term and not an actual dog breed, what exactly are you wanting to round up and kill?

If it isn’t limited to AKC pure-bred American Pit Bull Terriers and American Staffordshire Terriers, but, as is likely, extended to all dogs that “appear to have some pit bull in them” you realize that you are now talking about seizing and killing the beloved family members and companions of tens of thousands of registered voters, right?

The pit bull was Petey on the Little Rascals; it was the hero dog of WWI and WWII, then it showed up in a gangster rap video, and that was all she wrote.

Why not just be honest about it and say right at the start that you want to destroy all the dogs that black people own that look like they might bite white people.

How about instead we consider these five steps: (1) Enforce the existing laws. (2) Give greater support to Animal Control, including establishing better communication and cooperation between Animal Control and IMPD. (3) Pass laws making it difficult and expensive to become a dog breeder in Indianapolis, forcing the large number of irresponsible basement and backyard breeders out of business. (4) Look at other cities that are paying people to spay and neuter their pets. (5) If the city can seize the cars of people caught in drug and prostitution stings, why not seize the property used for dog fighting?

As a lifelong Democrat I can’t believe I would consider working for the Republican candidate in the next mayoral election, but if you hysterically threaten the life of a voter’s dog, what did you think was going to happen?

Stan Denski


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