I haven't read all the posts but here is my .02. I rescue Pit's and do as much charitable work as I can for the breed because I believe 100% of the time when a pit attacks there is always more to the story.
The dog is rarely the problem. Humans generally are to blame when your household pet attacks.
Was this a rescue dog? Did they know the dog's upbringing? Was he/she a trained fighter that they were trying to give a new life to? These are all questions that should be asked before bringing a pit into your home. 99% of the people that care for pits shouldn't have a pit. They used to be nanny dogs but the sad truth is they have been bread to fight and only responsible owners should deal with the bread. It makes me sick that people bread these dogs when there are millions put to death every year!
I don't really have much to say other than that being a responsible dog owner is really the only way to guarantee safety. IF my wife and I ever have kids will I let our 2 pits mingle with the young kids? Absolutely not, We have rescued both of our dogs and I know that both of them had a pretty dicey past. But we are knowledgable with the breed and take precautions to protect ourselves,we also discipline by positve reinforcment and that alone can change a mean dog to a loving dog. An overwhelming percentage of people do not spend enough time training their dogs.
My question is would this be as big a story if it were a german sheppard? The media likes to make pit bulls seem meaner than they are.
There are good stories about pits, you just hear the negative meadia push these out as much because it isn't doom and gloom