Your Most Basic Right

Defense of self is a basic, natural right; I hold that as Christ ordered us to love our neighbor as ourselves, that right is an obligation, when we have a chance to exercise it.

Needless to say, it doesn’t feel as good as feeding someone.

According To Hoyt


Your most basic right is the ability to defend yourself.  The ability in fact, to preserve your life.

Every animal fights to preserve itself.  And every human does too, whether it’s legal or illegal.

Any society that violates that right is prioritizing savagery over civilization, and lawlessness over law.

Why?  Because criminals don’t obey the law.  So while it’s illegal to attack you, the criminal will still do it, and if you don’t have the right to defend yourself (as is true in many places in Europe) then you’re devolving to the criminals having power of life and death over law abiding citizens.  This is a recipe for the law to become dead letter and for everyone ignoring it.

I know this is not the reason that the founders gave us the second amendment.  Or it mostly isn’t. So much of the Constitution is defined as “protecting yourself from the…

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Author: Foxfier

Former sailor, current geek, conservative, mother and practicing Catholic. Refugee from the Seattle blob. (No, we DIDN'T vote for those taxes!) Elf is my husband, our kids are Princess, Duchess, Baron, Empress, Chief, and Contessa.

2 thoughts on “Your Most Basic Right”

  1. Great take. I hadn’t thought of that. At the end of the excerpt, I think Sarah is being too hard on her own analysis. Yes, the Founders did indeed have this in mind as protecting yourself includes protecting yourself against tyranny.

    1. Possibly because, after living in a place where what amounts to heavily armed murder-gangs were a real possibility for people you knew if not yourself and knowing people who had to shoot animals that want to eat them as well as to shoot the food they eat, the idea of not being able to defend yourself was nuts?

      Plus, specifics of self-defense was supposed to be a state’s issue.

      Funny thing is, had someone show up over there who was insisting that they totally weren’t thinking about being able to over throw the gov’t.
      No answer to how the guys who wrote and were willing to die for the declaration of independence wouldn’t include their new gov’t in the list of gov’ts that could turn malignant and need to be dissolved.

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