Each of us has a natural right - from God - to defend his person, his liberty and his property. These are the three basic requirements of life, and the preservation of any one of them is completely dependent upon the preservation of the other two.
--Frederic Bastiat, The Law
It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.
How about you not break into people's homes? I understand friends and family of the dead criminal are upset over their loss, but when your criminal record is 18 pages long and you're shot trying to rob another man's home, what do you really expect?