Tragically, seven children were senselessly bitten and scratched recently after a stray male pit bull got loose in a Charlotte, North Carolina elementary school. The seemingly rabid dog randomly chased students as they ran for cover. A statement issued by the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District reported that the youngster’s injuries were not life-threatening. The incident occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m. at Lansdowne Elementary School, according to the Charlotte Observer. The dog’s motive was not immediately clear.
MSNBC’s Rachel Madcow, among others, immediately called for a ban on the sale, manufacture, and transportation of male pit bulls. Others called for a waiting period for those wishing to purchase the controversial pets. Students across the country are threatening to hold walk-outs to protest the legality of owning such dangerous animals. Many are targeting organizations like the American Kennel Club (AKC), saying they are complicit in the carnage, while some are actually branding the AKC a “terrorist organization.”
Congress is expected to vote to institute a National Instant Canine Background Check System, or NICS, along the lines of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, also known as NICS, that has long been used for firearm purchases. The former, like the latter, would be administered by the FBI. If such legislation is enacted, all those wishing to purchase a dog would have to get approval from the Feds, and the animal would have to be registered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Some conservatives claim that the dogs themselves can’t be blamed, and insist that it’s the people who breed, own and train them that are responsible for the attacks. Enlightened progressives like us, however, know that criminals-- and progressives-- cannot be held responsible for anything, due to the unjust nature of the society in which we live.