Although in no way am I suggesting put bulls are all bad dogs, nor am I suggesting most pit bulls are awful. However, even if the comparison is largely good, and infinitesimally bad you have to look at the statistics.
There are approximately 800,000 dog bites per year in the United States that require medical treatment, and sadly enough according to the Dog Bite Law Center of America, DBLCA, the majority of these are from pit bulls. As bad as that is, it gets even worse. According to statistics, a grave 94% of bites coming from the specific breed of pit bull are (Unprovoked) bites, which means that the dog bites without any defensive means in mind. Again, as bad as that is, it gets worse. It's calculated that 60% of these bites are directed to children, and the majority of these bites are (TO THE FACE) of the child.
I don't mean to come down too harsh on the pit bull, but the statistics don't lie. I believe those who have children, and small pets can understand how dangerous pit bulls can be. To make laws to restrain these animals help, but irresponsible owners are always there.
Does this mean I necessarily believe you should go to jail for owning one? No, but this also doesn't mean I don't believe you should. All I'm doing is posting the statistics, it's up to you to decide.