I feel the same... It bothers me that SO many people seem ignorant in regards to these collars even people like Victoria Stilwell are promoting them as torture devices. I agree that choke collars are dangerous but prongs are a lot safer then nylon collars even if you use them right.
We're not allowed to use them in my OB class I'm doing right now and it's frustrating because that means Ollie gets to pull all over the place and act like an idiot.
We're working on focus and positive training methods but I can't always stay at a distance, I have to take him for walks and to class and southern California is CROWDED(at least the part I live in) it's really hard to be somewhere far away from other people and dogs while we work on his barking at other dogs issue.
I use the prong to help me in less then ideal situations coupled with positive training.
Have you seen these?Secret Power
If I hadn't just bought an expensive sprenger prong(which btw are way better quality then the petco ones) from Leerburg I'd get one.