DogsBite.org - A reader has left a comment regarding Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey. The message is clear: "The mayors who have stood up to the for profit breeder lobby and banned or tightly regulated pit bull type dogs are viewed as heroes by 95% of their constituents." In the instance of Councilman Brian Powers of Lakewood, Ohio, he initially stood alone in his desire to ban new pit bulls. Through education and perseverance, Lakewood passed the ban.
Comment: Mayor Fahey must have a lousy staff of advisors...any politician with half a brain knows that the MAJORITY of registered voters want pit bulls regulated. The demographics of pit bull owners are pretty obvious...they often are transient (renters), don't own property, (or property of any significant value), are typically young, often have a criminal records. As we have seen in several of the stories below, some individuals obsessed with these dogs suffer from metal illness. While there may be a very small number of middle class "responsible" pit bull owners who live in Omaha and vote, the majority of "pit bull activists" don't.
Its been the squeaky wheel syndrome...a very small number of pro-pit activists have made a lot of noise, and put a lot of pressure on local politicians with threats of law suits, etc. Now that we have seen some successful lawsuits against local governments, like the Daniel Decembre case ($1.8 million dollar judgment against the Orange County School Board) our public officials should smarten up and stop pandering to special interest groups and start representing their constituents. The mayors who have stood up to the for profit breeder lobby and banned or tightly regulated pit bull type dogs are viewed as heroes by 95% of their constituents.
06/28/08: Coverage of the Omaha Pit Bull Attack - DogsBite.org
06/01/08: Pit Bull Ban FAQ by Councilman Brian Powers