“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Some Americans may be giving up on that perspective. This Los Angeles Times article writes that: Most Americans see terrorist acts as ‘part of life’.
“The share of Americans who see terrorist acts as “part of life” has stayed high since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But the figure had declined a bit in recent years, with people younger than 30 notably less likely to expect terrorist acts. Now, in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, younger people have joined their elders in saying some terrorist actions can be expected. The shift among the young has pushed the overall percentage who feel that way back to its previous high point.”
It seems to me some Americans won’t take effective action to protect themselves. Sadly, that’s each individual’s choice to give-up rather than fight. But not every American accepts that defeatist view.
I am a firm believer and supporter of Inalienable Rights. Those enumerated rights in the United States Declaration of Independence are not just protections from our government, but also protections from other human beings who would attempt to deprive us of those same rights.
Each person is responsible to themselves for maintaining those inalienable rights using any lawful means necessary. The use of force is not excluded in that maintenance, but must be reasonable to any particular situation where force is used. In the self-protection of one’s life or the lives of others, lethal force may be exercised. No human need sacrifice that right of self-defense to please another’s point of view.
You may notice in American society that inalienable rights are hardly every mentioned when it comes to matters of self-defense. When emergency situations arise to the public in-general, asking that people prepare for self-defense is rarely if ever indicated. That is a huge oversight on the part of the government.
So it remains that each person be vigilant and have a recognition that they themselves understand their inalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That they lawfully exercise the means to remain in that condition.