7.2.3 Individual Security

People might seek individual security if they have reason to believe that they will not be adequately protected by a country’s governance.

No police force can guarantee total security for every individual, so many take some measures to protect themselves if they can afford to do so.  The following sub-sections examine three ways of doing this:

●  They can take precautions, such as crime prevention measures (

●  They can buy guns (  This is highly contentious, because there are more gun deaths in societies which have a high level of gun ownership.

●  They can appoint other people to look after their security, ranging from security guards to armed militias (

Some of these ways of providing individual security affect the rest of society.  Weapons in private hands can inflict a death penalty without the safeguard of a court of law – as in the contentious case of the killing of Trayvon Martin in February 2012.  A CNN article, Trayvon Martin Shooting Fast Facts, described how a private security guard, George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder after he had killed an unarmed boy in disputed circumstances.



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