If you ask people the following questions, you’ll most likely get the answers listed:
- Q. Who is responsible for protecting you from criminal acts? A. The Police
- Q. Who is responsible for fighting fire at your home or providing emergency first aid? A. The Fire Department
- Q. Who is responsible for defending you from foreign enemies? A. The Military
And those answers would be wrong. Completely wrong. I can easily rephrase them to make them correct:
- Q. Who is responsible for protecting the community from criminal acts? A. The Police
- Q. Who is responsible for fighting fires in the community or providing first response for emergencies? A. The Fire Department
- Q. Who is responsible for defending the country from foreign enemies? A. The Military
Do you see the obvious difference? Neither the Police, Fire Department nor Military protect YOU, personally. They protect society as a whole. They have no legal requirement to protect any single individual and can’t be held liable for failing to protect them. Don’t believe me? The Supreme Court made it clear in Warren v. District of Columbia that police have no duty to protect you.
So who is responsible for protecting you? You are. You are free to enlist others to help you or to help others. But there is no legal obligation for anyone else to protect you. None.
Given the above, how can anyone argue that the 2nd Amendment does NOT guarantee the right to personal self defense? Do you really want to live in a society where you are prohibited from defending yourself and your society has no obligation to defend you? I don’t.
See these other posts on the 2nd Amendment: