S/V Danneskjöld

Saw a question today phrased as “Do you think a person should have access to a gun for self-defense?”

With all due respect, this question is totally irrelevant. Your opinion on the matter is of no consequence. The ability to possess and employ the most effective means of self-preservation is a natural, inalienable right. I couldn’t even give up the right, or sign it away. It exists as a part of my (and everyone’s) human autonomy. As for me it perishes only upon my death, and lives on in every other living person whether or not they choose to embrace it and even if they choose to deny it.

Thus, the question can never be whether or what purpose to which a person may own the means of his preservation. Instead the question is when, and against whom, will he be forced to defend that unalterable right.

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