“Only those being burned know what fire is like.” –Ethel Waters
On Wednesday I wrote an article about the most recent attack on school children in Atlanta.
My essay posed the question–why do we allow Pit Bulls to roam freely in our community?
My essay was in direct response to the senseless attack and killing of a six-year old boy on his way to school. This very horrible story was on the front page of The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Upon reading the details my heart fell, and I still sorrow for the mother of six-year old, Logan Braaz.
The boy’s mother stood in shock as she watched the wicked and wretched Pit Bull kill her son.
This detail is still difficult for me to fully process in my mind.
After reading this story I became outraged and then I became disgusted!
On Saturday, January 21, 20017 I read a follow-up story in the AJC and to my astonishment
Pit Bulls still roam freely the same community where six-year old Logan Braaz was killed just last Tuesday.
We must ask, who is the leadership? Where is the leadership? Why are Pit Bulls still roaming the neighborhood without restriction? Sadly it was reported in the AJC that just days after the attack on young Logan someone in the community called in to 911 and Fulton County Animal Control to report more Pit Bulls roaming the streets. In the piece it stated that it took over an hour before anyone from the Fulton County Animal Control arrived on the scene. This kind of inertia will get other innocent children killed.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has left behind a legacy of wisdom and instruction for us to follow that we can make change to those ills that harm our community.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”
–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Pit Bull problem in America is now over 30 years old; in an 11-year study from 2005 through 2015 360 Americans were killed by dogs; Pit Bulls contributed to 76% of the total recorded deaths.
Every 17 days on average a Pit Bull kills someone in America; of these deaths 51% involve a family member of the Pit Bull household. On Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in Texas a man awoke only to find his young son on the flood of his bedroom, dead and next to the boy’s body stood the Pit Bull.
The larger community in Atlanta must come together and in short order regulate Pit Bull ownership; if this means passing new laws, so be it! Today, I do not know who the councilman or woman is of that district, nor do I know who the Fulton County Animal Control Director is, but what I do know they have done and are doing a very, very poor job in protecting Westside Atlanta.
I think it appropriate to call on Mayor Kasim Reed to step in and fix the problem of Pit Bulls in Southwest Atlanta. The Pit Bull problem is most severe in poor black communities.
I pray passionately that the better angels in all of us rise up and we speak out to protect our children, our seniors and our own families from Pit Bulls which are not PETS and never were bred to be PETS.
Pit Bulls were bred to be “Blood Sport” dogs and the genetic traits of the Pit Bull unpredictability of aggression, tenacity and refusal to give up a fight. Once a Pit Bull sinks it’s teeth in a victim the only way to save the victim is to immediately destroy the animal; for the Pit Bull will not let go until the victim is dead.
Why would we allow this sort of creature to roam freely the same streets our children must travel each day? The rich, the well to do, the most educated people do not have a Pit Bull problem in their community nor should we!
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