Pit Bulls have a fearful reputation that instills fear initially into people that have no experience with the species. I, myself, admit that I'm not that familiar with the breed and have never owned one. What I do know though is that they seem tremendously faithful to their owners and most seem to be very protective of their human owners.
I'm sure that there are facts that back up the fearful reputation and it's no accident that insurance rates on homeowners that have pit bulls in the household are higher but after seeing a lot of stories like the one here I have come to respect the breed a little more.
Sometimes it is all in the training and I suppose if a breed has been trained to fight then it takes a long while to breed out that instinct from them or that's the best I can come up with. I still wouldn't want to cross the path of a Pit Bull but I also respect them far more than I did and don't feel that the breed should be totally eliminated. That doesn't apply to all pit bulls though for I know some are bred to be destructive fighters or killers and for them there are not that many redeeming traits and values. At least that's my current opinion.