What is Personal Security?

Much of what would fall under the umbrella of personal security relates to the natural rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights and other amendments to the Constitution. These amendments were created to prevent unreasonable government interference in our personal lives, to secure our right to protect ourselves, and to ensure a fair system of justice through due process. John Locke—whose writings helped to inspire the American Revolution and great men such as Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams—firmly believed that governments were obligated to serve the people and to protect their natural rights of life, liberty, and property.

“The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it… that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions… ought he, as much as he can, to preserve the rest of mankind, and may not, unless it be to do justice on an offender, take away, or impair the life, or what tends to the preservation of life, the liberty, health limb, or goods of another.”–John Locke, The Two Treatises of Civil Government (1689)

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

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