from here

The whole Bill (of Rights) is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals�It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of. Albert Gallitan.

The point of a “right” is that which is protected regardless of the opinions of the majority. Note how limiting on government this concept is. A “right to health care” doesn’t exist apart from slavery of the medical community as they are the providers of the same. Something resulting as a product of a person’s labor cannot be the right of another.

Back to the subject, personal protection is not guaranteed by the government. Police are not charged with protecting the public no matter what the labels on their cars say. This has been tried in the supreme court and no mandate was found. We are charged with protecting our own safety and the second amendment provides permission to maintain tools to do so. This included, at the time, protection from the government as well. I believe this concept was lost with the passage and adoption of the income tax as that changed the manner in which one’s income was considered in relation to the government. We are in another battle in this challenge.