Sunday, July 12, 2009

Quote for the Week

But there is no constitutional right to be protected by the state against being murdered by criminals or madmen. It is monstrous if the state fails to protect its residents against such predators but it does not violate the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment or, we suppose, any other provision of the Constitution. The Constitution is a charter of negative liberties; it tells the state to let people alone; it does not require the federal government or the state to provide services, even so elementary a service as maintaining law and order.

Bowers v. DeVito, 686 F.2d 616 (7th Cir.1982)

2 comments:

Old NFO said...

"even so elementary a service as maintaining law and order" That is the crux of the 2nd Amendment in my opinion...

Lawyer said...

Absolutely! My wife and I were just commenting on the same thing.