Friday, July 15, 2005

Self-defense is a natural right

The Intellectual Conservative: The Right to Self-Defense Wendy McElroy writes a great critique of the Castle Rock v. Gonzales case and the position of various organizations around the question of self-defense.

This decision should not have been a surprise to anyone.
[L]ocal officials fell back upon a rich history of court decisions that found the police to have no constitutional obligation to protect individuals from private individuals. In 1856, the U.S. Supreme Court (South v. Maryland) found that law enforcement officers had no affirmative duty to provide such protection. In 1982 (Bowers v. DeVito), the Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit held, "...there is no Constitutional right to be protected by the state against being murdered by criminals or madmen."
But her statement about gun rights goes right to heart of the matter.
Given the court's position that the police are not obliged to protect us, responsible adults need the ability to defend themselves. Thus, no law or policy should impede the access to gun ownership.
The current mainstream of feminism -- from which most anti-domestic violence advocates proceed -- is an expression of left liberalism. It rejects private solutions based on individual rights in favor of laws aimed at achieving social goals. A responsible individual holding a gun in self-defense does not fit their vision of society.
"Women as victim feminism," as practiced by NOW cannot survive this court decision, because the state cannot be forced to step in. If you want to be safe, you need to take responsibility for your own safety.

Go read the entire article, it is good.

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