Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears: I Samuel 13:19
Some ladies were quilting in upper Ohio. It grew dark and they lighted lamps. Two thugs passing by saw the lights and pushed their way into the home. They were armed with hand guns.
The home was part of an Amish farm community. The Amish men were unarmed pacifists. They were held at bay as they watched two of the women raped. There was no chance for the Amish men to get even farm implements had they chosen to.
The response to this horror was the decision not to work at quilting so late that lamps needed to be lit. Maybe they would be left alone in the future?
Self defense is an option, I believe. If a person, acting alone, wishes not to resist they have that right. This has been an issue since some have adopted the Sermon on the Mount as a rule of life.
Thomas Aquinas was asked, must we be pacifists? His answer, We have that right, but not the right to make it for others. We must make the defense of wives, children, and all our loved ones our duty. Do not offer them up because of your creed.
Our nation faces disarmament. It is not a US policy, it is a UN policy. In defense of the innocent my stand is to resist unto death. Many of us are of the same mind.