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October 12, 2013

Incident reinforces right and need to keep and bear arms

The latest incident of road rage that took place between a horde of motorcyclists and an SUV traveling in New York City is senseless and deplorable. What precipitated the incident is totally immaterial and irrelevant.

The fact remains that the SUV was savagely attacked by several motorcyclists, endangering the lives of the occupants who desperately tried to run away. The driver was mercilessly beaten while other cyclists stood and watched and did nothing.

This happened in broad daylight in the streets of New York City. Not in Syria or Afghanistan. To make matters worse it is now known that off duty NYPD police officers were among those in the motorcycle group.

One happened to be an “undercover” agent who did not want to “blow his cover.” His “cover” was a lot more important to him than a life of a law abiding citizen who was being assaulted and possibly murdered. There was also a wife involved and a small child in the car also in dire danger.

Is this what they teach in the Police Academy? Furthermore, he could have easily defused the situation and saved a person’s life without blowing his cover. He could have made an attempt to control the mob violence much like any ordinary citizen who happened to be in the scene.

He could have tried if he really wanted to. Furthermore, his cover will probably be blown anyway when he is summoned in court to testify as a witness.

This further re-enforced my letter to the editor last year regarding the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms.

We can be victims of crime anywhere and anytime. There is really no safe place for us anymore. We depend on law enforcement officers to be there and protect us when needed.

But the incident in New York City disproves that possibility. We are on our own to protect ourselves and our family.

The Second Amendment gives us the right to own a personal handgun at least for now. But it should be left at your home in the safety of a locked box in your attic.

Like I previously mentioned in my last letter (“State should allow concealed weapons for citizens’ protection,” Aug. 21, 2012, Times-News), I think law-abiding citizens should be allowed to carry a weapon in their vehicle or concealed weapon for their protection.

We cannot all afford to hire private body guards or secret service at our side.  

Ray Espina, ex-major, U.S. Army

Cumberland

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