06 February 2008

Self-defense is a fundamental human right

Hattip http://waronguns.blogspot.com/

The Human Right of Self-Defense
Is there a human right to defend oneself against a violent attacker?
Is there an individual right to arms under international law?
Conversely, are governments guilty of human rights violations if they do not enact strict gun control laws, as the UN requires?

David B. Kopel, Paul Gallant, and Joanne D. Eisen have an article published in the Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law.

If you've got the time to read 136 pages, it is well written and informative.

If you're pressed for time like me, then you'll be happy to know that the article clearly states, "the overwhelming consensus among the sources of international law, from ancient times to the present, among diverse legal systems, religions, and nations: self-defense is a fundamental human right."

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