From: Shane Franz
To: Aaron Osmond,
Subject: Pit Bull Legislation
Date: Fri Mar 07 15:37:10 MST 2014
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Good Morning, Rep. Osmond,

I wanted to write to express my strong opposition to the HB 97, the legislation specifically written to oppose South Jordan's ban on pit bull dogs.  Shame on the House for passing such legislation!  I have two little girls, ages 3 and 5, and live in fear that, while out playing in the neighborhood, they could be attacked, or killed by such vicious creatures.  One of the reasons I chose South Jordan to live is the reason the City Council is forward-thinking on this issue.  It is interesting to note that Rep. King, the sponsor, doesn’t even live in South Jordan, yet feels he needs to meddle in our business.

There is certainly a typical owner of such breeds, and they are often drug dealers and thugs.  I used to live in SugarHouse, and had a thug neighbor who continually threatened to get one of these dogs.  It was awful, and let’s just say led to some very tense relations between this neighbor and the surrounding neighbors who had young children.

In commentary, Rep. King, says he is interested in protecting property rights.  We certainly have all sorts of laws that restrict what people can do on their property: store junk cars, paint cars, store toxic chemicals, keep and test incendiary devices, burn trash, limit the number of occupants, on and on.  It is these laws that keep our society polite.  I know people who would like to keep rattlesnakes, cobras and lions, but we restrict that too for obvious reasons.  South Jordan does an excellent job enacting and policing these ordinances, and it is, in my opinion, what has made South Jordan one of the most desirable cities in which to live in the country.  Why would Rep. King want to change that?

Personally, I really like the idea that individual cities can choose to govern based on the will of the people.  Per the 10th amendment to the Constitution: “powers not granted to the Federal Government by the Constitution, nor prohibited by the States, are reserved for the States or the People.”  I think that this logic should extend to individual Cities and Counties with the States, such as South Jordan enacting the ban on this vicious breed.  South Jordan lawmakers are correct on this issue.

Finally, I would like to say that in these troubled times of high unemployment and difficulty providing quality education for our children, it is offensive to think that Rep. King has time to even contemplate such legislation, let alone burden the legislative process with such trivial things.  We certainly have much bigger fish to fry. 

Respectfully,

Shane Franz
South Jordan, UT

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