We live in dangerous times, and those times are becoming ever more dangerous.
Every human person has the fundamental right of self-defense. This right is held and expressed individually and corporately. The people of a nation defend themselves against certain threats by means of their military. These troops risk their lives to defend us. The people of a nation, state, or community defend themselves against other threats by means of their police. These law enforcement officers serve and protect us. At times, they exercise the right of self-defense of the community on their behalf, risking their own lives for us.
But the right of self-defense can also be exercised individually, as when a person defends himself or herself against some type of violent crime by use of proportionate force. For some persons, this right to self-defense is an exercise of the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the right to keep and bear arms.
So the fundamental right to self-defense is exercised by the people through their military, through their police, and sometimes individually. But it is fundamentally an inalienable right of both the individual and the group.
We cannot slash the military budget, as we need them to defend the nation. We cannot “defund the police”, as we need them to defend the community. And we cannot pass laws which are hostile to the ownership and use of guns by law-abiding citizens. Why? because when the bad guys come, somebody has to get in their way, and that somebody is military, and that somebody is law enforcement, and sometimes that somebody is civilian.
Our society is becoming more violent. Crime is rising, and law and order are breaking down. People should consider their particular situation, and find ways to increase the security of their homes and their persons. I don’t know if that will include gun ownership for you or not. It is not for everyone. But know this: We live in dangerous times, and those times are becoming ever more dangerous.
Ronald L. Conte Jr.