Whitehall Councilwoman Speaks Out
Columbus, OH - After attempting to pass a pit bull ban in the city of Whitehall, Ohio, councilwoman Jacquelyn K. Thompson writes an editorial piece in the Columbus Dispatch. Currently the city of Columbus, Ohio bans pit bulls. Thompson encourages the city to continue it's tough work of standing up to the pit bull lobby and their intimidating tactics.
After World War II, there was a yearning in this country to improve upon our living conditions, to seek greater knowledge, to end the inequities that were subjugating so many of our citizens. In other words, to take civilization to a higher level of existence. That was our desire.
The United States led the way to the formation of the United Nations as a means to settle differences diplomatically, to end violence and to take actions that would improve the lives of all people.
That changed for us with the onset of the Vietnam War and the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy. Once again, we immersed ourselves in violence.
Since then, we have been on a downhill race to the bottom, determined to reduce this country to the lowest common denominator. One only needs to turn on the television to see how we have fallen. We are in the midst of the latest manifestation of the age-old battle between civilization and the barbarian.
People keep asking me: "Why ban pit bulls in Whitehall? Why this issue?" Well, because pit bulls are representative of the new order. Bred to kill, they bring terror into the hearts of those who must live among them. Abused, a twisted status symbol, killer, maimer. That, too often, is the reality of the pit-bull breeds. They are to be pitied, but we are left with no alternative but to remove them from society.
Would it have been my first choice of issues to address legislatively since taking office as a Whitehall City Council member in January? If not for Whitehall residents who are living in fear, probably not. But circumstances sometimes dictate how we shall act, and I felt compelled to make a pit-bull ban the first legislation that I presented. It's just too bad that the majority of members do not see the danger coming and chose to come down on the side of darkness when they voted no on the ban.
I urge the city of Columbus to lead the way on this issue. It has the resources to stand up to the pit-bull lobby that typically shows up at council meetings en masse, threatening and bullying communities to bend to its will. Meanwhile, we hear of more and more pit-bull attacks. Recently, two 6-year old children were maimed and a 77-year-old woman was viciously attacked. How much more must we bear?
-Jacquelyn K. Thompson
DogsBite.org calls to mind Robert F. Kennedy's speech after the death of Martin Luther King: "Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world." Due to the hand of man, pit bulls represent the savageness of man and have for over 20 years. It is time to put this symbol away for good.
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