Jessie T. Wolf
That's one floofy dog!
As for pitts, I've not heard of a ban going on here in Georgia, but I do hear of the occassional attacks. Pitts are generally regarded as the most viscious, not just due to how fierce and wild they may be prone to being, but their physical capabilities. I'm not a dog expert, but I can go over some of the things that I've heard.
Many dog attacks from people who say their animals are "sweet" and nice, come as surprises to their owners, who usually don't know the full background of their adopted dog. The physical capabilities of a pitt exceed that of a rottweiler, german shepard, or other common "defense" dog, mainly in the clamping pressure they're able to exert by their jaws due to it's unique construction (something they measure in pressure pounds or something). A normal attack dog may seriously hurt a child that gets too close, or spooks it, or otherwise grab a man's arm and shake him pretty good, but a pitt's jaws cause far more deep tissue damage and bone damage, and they've been known to single handedly kill full grown, healthy adults, and kill them in good time.
If I owned any large dogs in the future, I'd want to fence up the back yard for them. It's just a lot safer than the possibility of them getting out and doing whatever in environments they're not familiar with. I wouldn't be completely adverse to some sort of pre-screening of certain physically dangerous animals for their backgrounds, as well as adoption criteria that are more stringent for potential owners, to prevent dogs from being raised irresponsibly, or to spot dogs with potentially dangerous upbringing.
Not that I have to worry about Snoopy hurting anybody! The little bastard misses you!
A pittbull CAN break a femur with one bite. Their jaws are powerful. Unfortunatly, this attracts owners who want the dog for it's strength and fighting potential, which leads to a higher precentage of nasty pitts, and thus the bad reputation for attacks.
If they're raised and bred well, they can be absolutely wonderful dogs. Believe it or not, a well-raised pitbull is very good around small children. Because they were historically bred for fighting, they have a tremendous threshhold for pain. The kid can poke and pull on the dog all it wants, and the dog won't care. Any nasty temperament a dog has is from bad breeding or from an owner who teaches it to be basty.
Yar. In England I believe they're referred to as "nanny dogs" cause of their favorable temperment toward children. Which, would be nice if I were a child! :)