The right to self-defense, according to most citizens who are actually concerned with human rights, is one of the most basic human rights that legitimate governments can aim to protect.
The concept goes far beyond that of simple gun rights. In order to be secure in one's person and free to move about with little or no interference from marauding mobs, a human being must be convinced that he has the freedom to defend himself against all who intend harm to him, no matter where he happens to be.
It is not enough simply to be holed up in one's home, shivering with fear in a corner hoping that no one bursts through the door to take your life before the cops get there.
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