Anything can be dangerous. The majority of serial killers are
men. Does that mean we should all be cautious around men or that
they should not be allowed to live in certain apartment complexes?
No, most men are very nice. They turn out to be serial killers for
unknown reasons, but certainly environmental situations or mental
illness plays into it.
We have a hard time accepting the proposition that any breed of
dog – be it pit bull or Irish setter – is genetically predisposed
to be mean. Certainly, there are some mean pit bulls. Maybe they
were abused or maybe they just have a hormone imbalance, but the
same could be true of a poodle or golden retriever.
Owners should be responsible for knowing if their dogs are
dangerous and taking appropriate precautions, but this fact does
not call for an overbroad generalization that all (certain breed of
dog) are mean and should be banned from, for example, the city of
Denver, as they were until recently (see today’s front-page
It is up to an apartment complex if it doesn’t want to allow
certain breeds or sizes, but a city or state making the same
decision is overbroad and not based on sufficient fact.