PREVENT THE DEED, REGULATE THE BREED
I'd say that is pretty straight forward. The definition of prevent is to cause not to do something, to cause not to happen, or not to made or done. So this catch line lends itself to saving lives, not pit/bully lives, but children and the elderly, people. A noble cause in my book, preventing others from being victims of pit bulls and the bully breeds.
PUNISH THE DEED, NOT THE BREED
Again straight forward. The definition of punish is to prescribe a form of suffering in penalty for an "offense". The definition of offense is the act of attacking. This catch line says let someone get attacked or killed FIRST then punish the owner of the attacking dog. So those who use this catch line condone children, and people in general, being mauled or killed FIRST, and even then they don't want to blame the pit/bully. Oh no, so many comments on the daily stories of pit attacks blame the victims, infants even. What kind of people want to allow this suffering and death over that of a breed of dog?
One would hope these "pit nutters" would be the first to want change. They would be the first to want to stop the maulings and killings. But they aren't. They want to continue to feed the public misinformation so that the overabundance of pits can be shoved out the door to the ignorant. Save those pits is their battle cry. I say that the cost of saving the pits is not worth the cost of the failures.
Now enters "No Kill". It's bad enough that the pits in the shelters have no history to them but to adopt them out to less than the most experienced dog handlers is immoral. It must be stopped. People lives are at stake. The question should not be how to save the pits but rather how to save our children. That is the moral question that needs to be asked.