Self-Defense Is a Civil Right


Suverans2's picture

No, it is NOT a civil right, it is a natural right.

Natural rights are rights not contingent upon the laws, customs, or beliefs of any particular culture or government, and therefore universal and inalienable[1]. In contrast, legal rights [civil and political rights] are those bestowed onto a person by the law of a particular political and legal system[2], and therefore relative to specific cultures and governments.

"All men have certain natural, essential, and inherent rights - among which are, the enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring, possessing, and protecting, property..."

[1] "You have rights antecedent to [existed before] all earthly governments, rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws..." ~ John Adams (1735-1826)

[2] Civil and political rights are a class of rights based upon birthright into a polity[2a]...

    [2a] A polity is a state or one of its subordinate civil authorities, such as a province, prefecture, county, municipality, city, or district. ~ Black's Law Dictionary, 4th ed., West Publishing Co., (1968)