My ideal, from this point of view, is England as it once was, when citizens often carried guns but the police didn’t. (…)
For this, however, we need a state that views itself as the servant of its citizens, not their master. We need authorities that don’t believe they’re entitled to tell a householder whom they can’t protect how to protect himself, his property, and his loved ones. In short, we need to revert to some aspects of the state we used to have in free countries in the mid-19th to early-20th centuries. What aspects? Forget guns. We need a state that doesn’t feel entitled to tell private citizens they cannot buy themselves body armour.