Letters to the Editor (5/16/2013)

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Does Arf have insurance?
Editor:
Here’s how I approached Arf’s latest anti-gun opinion piece.  I imagined that I was in front of a rape victim or a family member whose loved one lost their life unnecessarily.  I imagined that I was using Arf’s words to demonstrate that it would have been foolish to have been armed in order to defend themselves.  That they were not like you and I.  It was wise of them to not have carried a firearm because of a fear of an almost improbability. That although they were raped or had a family member murdered that it was a one-in-a-million shot.  They were essentially collateral damage in the bigger scheme of things, that’s all.
I can just see the look on the faces of those particular victims had I used Arf’s words.
Fear is a natural human emotion. It’s a survival instinct in all living creatures. It’s used as a method of survival. Arf is fearful as well. He just doesn’t admit to it. Let me give you an example. I bet Arf has a fire extinguisher in his home. You know what the odds are of having to use a fire extinguisher in your home? It is the fear of his home burning to the ground that he has one available at all times. Yet, he chastises those who use the same emotion of fear when it comes to being assaulted.
I also would bet that Arf has home insurance. Yes, it may be a requirement by those evil profiteering mortgage banks who earned “illegal profits.” And by the way why wasn’t anybody sued and taken to court if they were illegal?  Yet, the bill gets faithfully paid every month in fear of a catastrophe.  Fear that is expressed by either Arf or the evil, disgusting, illegal profiteering banks.
A person carrying a gun will probably never have to use it on a perp who means them or their loved one harm. Just like a fire extinguisher. Odds are it’ll never get used. Which is more valuable? The home or the family? For me it’s family. We both use fear to justify ownership of a fire extinguisher and a firearm. Both of us know the odds yet own either/or in preparation should either of us be one of the unlucky ones.
Fear. The ultimate survival instinct.
Chris Garcia
Socorro