I dont believe that obedience classes for -every- pittie is necessary. My AmStaff/Pittie cross (who has passed away) and my Bullie/Pittie cross are/were wonderful dogs without the training.
Mind you, me and my husband got them when we were newlyweds, still just kids ourselves really. We didnt mind the pulling or the jumping or the chewing etcetc. In time, and with the addition of kids and aging, they calmed down and I wouldnt change that in the least with those two.
On the flip side...our new addition..another AmStaff/Pittie cross from the shelter....-went- to obedience classes and graduated (though we're still working on some of it! lol)
I think any owner of -any- breed should be put through a testing process to be sure that they are capable of handling -any- breed.
Perhaps a background check for someone getting a Pittie from anywhere? I know backyard breeding would be difficult to regulate, but it would be a start and a much better solution in my opinion from banning an entire breed.
In the end for me, it comes down to: I am not a criminal, I do not let my dogs run free or snip at anyone. As a law abiding citizen with mannerly (or somewhat mannerly, still in training) dogs, why should my pets and I suffer for the stupidity of others?
Like other owners of most Pitties, I am horrified and angered when another breed attacks and its poo'd poo'd as just nothing to worry about. But when a Bull breed does something, even in defense of itself or owner..they are vicious and must be put down. The two worst dog bites I have ever gotten have been from the 3 lb poodle I grew up with and with my parents Yorkie they have currently. Dont hear anyone screaming for them to be put down for biting without cause. (I never would anyway, I see most dog bites as provoked in some way, even if the attacked was unaware of a dogs triggers...I was 11 with the poodle and tried to take his treat and the Yorkie doesnt like it when you put your shoes on to leave. She's got separation anxiety.)
There are many things we do daily in this world that are dangerous. I think that its time that we stop expecting the government to protect us..from car accidents, from smoking, from dog attacks, from (insert whatever here)...and take responisbility for our own actions.