Posts from the ‘Terror Tactics’ Category

“Paroxysms of rage”

Several days before the February 2nd airing of a KGUN9 follow up story that ran back in November, What’s the Truth About Pit Bulls, Pit Nutters opened fired on the TV station’s Facebook page with new rounds of false accusations despite not even having seen the piece. KGUN9 News Director Forrest Carr again blasted back at the Nutters with a new editorial piece: Pit bull advocates attack unaired 9 On Your Side investigation. Thus the term “paroxysms of rage”, in relationship to rabid pit bull advocates, was born.

Carr’s response – [Feb. 2, 2012] By this morning, the pit bull crowd had worked themselves into paroxysms of rage on our Facebook page, posting more cute, cuddly pictures of pit bulls doing cute, cuddly things, attacking the upcoming story as biased, unprofessional, sensationalistic, unethical, etc, etc. etc. That prompted this response from Lynne Senyk Tafaro, who attempted to remind the posters that they’re going batty over a story they haven’t even seen yet: “When you attack a story that has not even aired, you lose credibility accusing past stories of being ‘fear based and completely one sided.’ What comes across, loud and clear, is a bias so deep that rational analysis and debate just isn’t possible on this topic, with many of you. And that’s a problem. Because if you can’t discuss the issue rationally, how can you properly own the dog?” – Forrest Carr

“Your breed is next”

A phrase used by Maul Talkers to scare other dog owners into believing that if a pit bull law passes, “Your breed is next.” A quick Google Search on the term clearly shows this: your breed is next. The motivation is to turn all dog owners against breed-specific laws, because next on the list to regulate are Labradors! Tom Skeldon, the former Dog Warden of Lucas County, Ohio, sums this up best in the 2005 Toledo Blade article (Bulldog approach to warden’s job makes Skeldon a favorite target):

“Some humane groups have been manipulated by these pit bull factions to where they fight breed-specific legislation using scare tactics like ‘your breed will be next,’” he said. “And for 13 years, their breed hasn’t been next.”

“Knee-jerk reaction”

When pit bull owners and pro-pit bull lobbying groups speak to the media, such as lobbyist Ledy VanKavage of Best Friends, they often use the term “knee-jerk reaction” to describe the actions of a municipality or institution after it has adopted a pit bull ordinance. Gail Golab of the American Veterinary Medicine Association frequently uses the term as well. A Google News Archive search shows the term in use since 1985.

The ordinance would require pit bull owners to register their dogs with the city , … called the ordinance a “knee jerk reaction” to problems in other … -1985
… Daily News recent articles on pit bull attacks have been quite sensational and have … knee-jerk hysterical reaction that the media has recently… – 1987
“He’s part Labrador and part pit bull,” says owner Ron Anderson, … ”The bottom line is that the ordinance is kind of a knee- jerk reaction… – 1989

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