"Nay, all laws must fall, human societies that subsist by them be dissolved, and all innocent persons be exposed to the violence of the most wicked, if men might not justly defend themselves against injustice by their own natural right, when the ways prescribed by publick authority cannot be taken."
Algernon Sidney
(1622-1683) English statesman, writer, Whig leader
Discourses Concerning Government 266-67 (1763)
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A call for natural right with personal responsibility. Defining natural law and legal positivism with out using the subject headings.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    oops, hit the wrong button - to finish. Self defense, even to the point of deadly force, is a natural right, regardless of man's rules to the contrary.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Are you stiii trying to defend the 7immerman (mis)decision? I've never in my life been happier to be a Cannadien and live in a country where that sick fuck(George Zimmerman) would have gone to jail for the rest of his life.

    God, you US(ass)and A-ers are so twisted. You call us commies because we have universal health care. Lol. Who are the fools now?
     -- L. Hanson, Edmnton, Canada     
    Methinks you protest too much, Hanson -- besides your own attempted misdirection. If the Zimmerman altercation had occurred in Canada, he never would have been charged with murder because there is not such racism there -- Zimmerman was only charged once the race baiters forced the issue. BTW, the Florida prosecutor who filed the murder charges against Zimmerman at the behest of the likes of Sharpton et al has now been indicted for falsifying the arrest warrant for Zimmerman. She will likely be convicted for withholding the evidence of Zimmerman's injuries. Zimmerman would never have been charged otherwise. Trayvon was on private property, was on suspension from school for possession of stolen jewelry and drugs, 'profiled' Zimmerman as a gay rapist "crazy ass cracker", attacked Zimmerman who was an authorized neighborhood watch captain, and was shot dead only after Zimmerman yelled for help and was being beaten severely as witnesses have attested. Only one not guilty vote from one juror was required to acquit -- the verdict was in fact unanimous. As well in Canada, these types of trials are closed to the press so that due process can be followed without mob opinion. Either you are for due process and trial by jury or you are not. Yeah, I am sure you are glad you are in Canada, because you do not have those gangsta wannabees roaming around your property.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Hanson doesn't understand the quote at all...obviously.
    What it says Hanson...is that if people are not allowed to defend themselves by natural right...a free society can not exist. Still too deep for you?
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    And further...Hanson has no idea what facts and reality are as to the Zimmerman trial (which never should have happened).
    That is what happens when you believe everything you are told to believe and do no thinking of your own...at all. Facts don't phase liberals...they have their own alternate reality.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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