Over the past half century, the right of citizens in Western countries to defend themselves has eroded. This is partly due to neglect. As our societies have urbanized, we have shown greater willingness to let professional police officers defend our loved ones, our property and ourselves. After all, more of us now live closer to police stations than our parents, or certainly our grandparents. But the erosion of our right to self-defense has also been a deliberate initiative by governments. Increasingly, politicians, policy makers, academics and police have come to think that citizens who take up weapons firearms or otherwise to defend themselves are as dangerous to social peace as criminals.
Read Original at: The Edmonton Journal (Canada)