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The only thing that would be scarier is if this dog had a gun.
Last week was a busy one for Ellen Taft, a woman


Ellen Taft Hates Pit Bulls AND the Second Amendment

Pit Bull Mug.jpg
The only thing that would be scarier is if this dog had a gun.
Last week was a busy one for Ellen Taft, a woman who's been called Capitol Hill's resident pet Gestapo. On Wednesday, Taft fired off a press release calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment. Then, prompted by a pair of pit bull attacks in Seattle last Thursday, Taft returned to a familiar theme - lobbying for a ban on fighting breeds. For a figure accustomed to being at the center of questionable controversy, it was just another chapter in what's become one of Seattle's more interesting tales.

As has been noted previously on The Daily Weekly:

Taft has a long history as a crusader against all manner of pets and pet behavior that she finds objectionable. From banning pit bulls, to clamping down on questionable service animals, to getting rid of pygmy goats and potbellied pigs, she's made pets who don't exist under the strict letter of the law her No. 1 target for the last two decades.

While Taft shows no sign of letting up on her anti-pit-bull crusade, let's start with her recent assault on the Second Amendment.

Utilizing the Obama-made rhetoric of "Yes We Can," in calling for the Second Amendment's repeal Taft says the longstanding American institution is "out-of-date and should be considered a Blue Law." She contends the Second Amendment prevents large cities like Seattle from crafting effective gun laws.

"I'm not a lawyer, but until we can repeal the second amendment our legislators' hands are tied in terms of getting gun laws appropriate for big cities like Chicago, Washington DC and Seattle, which have all passed sensible gun control laws, only to be subsequently overturned in the courts," says Taft in her anti-Second-Amendment release, which includes an online petition to advocating its repeal. "This does not mean that I advocate gun abolition or that I want to take guns away from hunters. I am a carnivore. Ecologically speaking, effective wildlife management involves sending hunters out to cull herds, so I believe hunters are valuable members of society."

"I live in a neighborhood which has had a lot of robberies, I personally have never been robbed because I have always been able to afford an alarm system, and various other security devices, so I have not had resort to owning either a dog or a gun," Taft continues, as the release starts to sound as much like a journal entry as it does a press release. "Many people cannot afford these luxuries. If mentally sound, non-substance abusers feel safer owning a gun for their own personal protection then I have no objections to anyone owning a gun in their own homes."

Good to know. So where's her beef?

Turns out Taft is something of a historian as well.

Her release continues:

At the time the U.S. Constitution was written, the US government did not need a standing army; however they wanted to be prepared, if the need arose, to have a militia. Now we have a standing army and state National Guard units, so that the original purpose of the second amendment is no longer valid. When the constitution was written, assault weapons, machine guns and other highly dangerous arms had not been invented, nor had automobiles which facilitate drive by shootings. The US at the time did not have large crime ridden cities so they could not have anticipated the issues that the 2^nd amendment raises. The founding fathers made it difficult to amend the constitution, but not impossible. The concept of a society governed by laws enshrined in our constitution is sacrosanct, but the constitution can and should be amended to reflect changing historical conditions.

Food for thought. Or something.

But Taft's work wasn't done. As mentioned, Thursday saw two attacks in Seattle at the jaws of two roaming pit bulls, one in which a 3-year-old girl was reportedly bitten in the face while leaving church, and another in which a 74-year-old woman fell victim. Naturally, Taft was inspired and outraged, and used the opportunity to call once again for a ban on fighting breeds. Though she's launched similar campaigns in the past, any previous lack of success apparently hasn't quashed Taft's drive.

Sunday, distributing a Change.org petition in association with the organization Families and Dogs Against Fighting Breeds, and directing its wrath at the Seattle City Council and Mayor Mike McGinn, Taft struck familiar tones:

By supporting legislation to spay and neuter all fighting breeds and making it illegal to acquire a new Fighting Breed dog, we seek to eliminate all fighting breeds. In addition we seek to impose safety precautions such as muzzles when these dogs are walked in public spaces to protect people and pets from being attacked by them.

Will Taft have more success lobbying against fighting breeds this time around?

And, which effort will find more support, her assault on the Second Amendment or her assault on people's right to own pit bulls?

Place your bets now.

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