A Constitutional Right to Self Defense?
George Mason University School of Law
Journal of Law, Economics and Policy, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 213-220, 2006
George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 06-29
This very short comment examines the relationship between the Constitution and the presuppositions of the Constitution with respect to the right of self defense. As central as this right appears to be in the liberal tradition, its treatment in Hobbes' "Leviathan" shows why it is more problematic than we generally assume. Moreover, as well-established as it seems to be in our legal tradition, it seems not be included as such in the Constitution, and only partially or erratically protected by constitutional law.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 9
Keywords: self defense, constitutional law, Thomas Hobbes
Date posted: June 28, 2006 ; Last revised: January 27, 2014