Posted: Sep 28, 2005 4:35 am
No, I hear you.
I just think sometimes in life there are gray areas where people could rationalize the day away as to Why Bad Things Happen (and I'm not aiming that at you, either).
The kid up in the NW did have a realatively good upbringing, and still went psycho. There are many cases of this. I don't care how organized, well-trained, nurtured, whatever you are (humans and animals), sometimes shit just snaps. And there's no reason for it. It just happens.
The dog story I alluded to earlier was such an example (in my opinon).
Afriend was watching another friend's house while they were out on the weekend. The friend watching is also a well-seasoned gun user. Guns are in his family and were with him as a youngster (nothing but cops and military in that family). He had been around guns all his life. He knew how to shoot (and do it well), how to handle, and fire all manner of guns. He knew how to clean and secure them, and the importance of that duty.
So anyway, he was cleaning his .45 on the couch. It went off as he was petting the large, black Labrador. Shot the Lab through the top of the snout with a holow-point, and it exited shatered through the lower gum. Poor thing had to wear some snorkel-looking contraption for months (Hank the Dog is fine now).
But the situation was all fucked up.
My point is, no matter how well you train an animal (dog or human), fucked up shit happens. I don't want my kid sitting in the bell-tower with a rifle, so I try to bring him up right. That doesn't discount that things within or outside of my control can't change, and turn ugly.
I don't believe that every Pit Bull will attack; but at the same time, I don't believe the best trained animals won't.
Good talkin' with you carney.