Locke and Self-defense

A recent American Thinker essay encourages us to pose the following question to those who would undo the American citizen's Second Amendment protection for our natural right to self defense: "Do you believe that all human beings have a natural and inherent right to defend themselves from violent attack?" The self-evident answer is yes, because without a right to freely act in self-defense there is, in effect, no right to life. The question then becomes " Do you believe that all human beings have a natural and inherent right to live?" We should never refer only to man's natural right to life or only to man's natural right to self-defense -- we should always refer to the individual's natural right to life and self-defense -- the two natural rights are inseparable. Our Declaration of Independence makes it clear that all individuals naturally possess a God-given right to life and liberty, but it was John Locke who stated it first, and it was Locke who also correctly pointed out that...(Read Full Post)

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