Self-defense is a natural right, and I can’t think of a single country where it is not also a legal right recognized for all people.
In response to the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, there has been criticism of state “stand-your-ground” laws that say individuals do not have a duty to retreat if they are attacked. This is ridiculous since Zimmerman’s actions have been found justified not once, but twice.
Charles W. Cooke, on National Review online, says that such laws simply affirm a preexisting individual right of self-defense, rather than granting any new or special right. Cooke’s views echo my own. A good argument that stand your ground beats the alternative “duty to retreat,” has also been made recently.
There is no good argument to rescind these laws, and a number of good reasons to think enacting them in all states would make the average person (unless they plan to commit a crime) safer.
A major NCPA study found that firearms play an important role in self-defense against criminals.
A second NCPA piece found that concealed carry holders were more law-abiding than the average citizen.
Miranda Lambert’s song is on the mark.