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I am exaggerating the student response here, because this fine student very much respected this possibility.

STUDENT to ME: “I am writing a paper on pit-bulls.”

ME: “Interesting, what is the focus of the paper?”

STUDENT: “I am asking about the impacts of banning the breeding and sale of pitbulls being contemplated by some states and localities.”

ME: “Can you explain what is giving rise to this movement?”

STUDENT: “Of course, pit bulls (whether because of their owners or the breed itself, I do not know) are violent and are known to attack people.”

ME: “Banning pit bulls? It’s not clear to me that there are ENOUGH pit bull attacks!”

Kudos to students who can explain why I might have said such a thing.

One Response to “In Which I am Once Again Removed from Polite Company”

  1. if pitbulls are employed to protect property, more attacks reduces incentive to commit theft. theft is costly. less theft due to more pit bull attacks could be a social gain.

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