The nutters are educating us again. Jim Gorant and Chris Cohen, the owner of Vicktory dog Jonny Justice, are teaching us about:
1. how to stick your nose into other people's business "for the breed."
2. how to perpetrate petty acts of vengeance "for the breed."
3. how to perform the "then I'll take my marbles and go home" routine "for the breed."
3. how to force a town library to abandon a children's reading program by threatening a law suit "for the breed."
Remember Jonny Justice on the Rachel Ray show? The audience was hushed a couple of times because Johnny Justice might not be stable enough to handle applause.
Jonny Justice then became part of a county wide children's reading program called "Paws for Tales." Volunteers brought their dogs to libraries so children could read to them. Unfortunately for the libraries, parents and children, pit bull owners glommed onto the program believing this would be a great way to force children to snuggle with their pitties thereby "educating" them.
Evidently some parents and librarians had educated themselves and weren't comfortable with fighting dogs hanging out with their children. A library in the town of Burlingame, CA banned pit bulls from their program. Jonny Justice and Cohen had never volunteered at the Burlingame library and were not banned from the library they volunteered at.
Cohen was reportedly "offended" by the ban that didn't affect him at all. He went to the Humane Society and the SPCA with a plan to have them demand that the Burlingame library be banned from the program. That is correct, Cohen wanted to deprive all the children of Burlingame of a reading program because he got his panties in a twist "for the breed." The humane societies, did not get involved feeling that it was not wise or mature to punish the children.
Cohen then turned to BAD RAP and hired some lawyers to threaten the town of Burlingame, informing them that their practices were disallowed by the statewide BSL ban. Burlingame realizing they did not want to fight this, but still concerned about the children's safety, pulled out of the program completely.
Though this is what Cohen originally lobbied for, he was unhappy that he could not force unwilling people to snuggle with pit bulls and he resigned from the program in protest. That will show 'em Chris!
Gorant discounts safety concerns because, after all, they've got $2 million in liability insurance so parents don't have to worry that they won't get compensated for even an extremely severe mauling on their child.
Gorant goes on to equate pit bulls with people - Native Americans, Mormons, and left handers. He suggests that people would be upset if people eliminated those groups from the program and they would! That has nothing to do with the pit bull problem at hand.
Cohen's last quote is telling. He says that if a librarian doesn't like his dog of choice, no child should have access to learning and resources at the town library.
“Some may see it as a loss to the children of the community. But I don't,” says Cohen. “A library is a source of information and learning. If the person in charge is participating in discrimination, children should not be anywhere near that facility. There is too much hate in this world already, children do not need to learn it at the library.”
Note that in reality, the library had to drop one program, but Cohen talks as if he had the library closed, and he's fine with that.
If BAD RAP, Gorant, and Cohen think they can convince the rest of the world that not allowing pit bulls in a library with children is the same as denying access to Native Americans or left handers, they are nuts.
Congratulations Patricia Harding and the town of Burlingame for standing up to bullies and standing strong on your right to safeguard your children!