(Not directed @ DTOM, no quarrel with him, simply agreeing with/taking his point and running it over the goal line...)
And that's the brilliance of Negative Rights, do it wrong and there are naturally occurring consequences that serve to inform the population on how not to exercise said Rights --without the State using taxpayer money to bring forth consequences (eliminating the opportunity for State corruption)
!! Then people will humbly seek training (whether formal or informal)
for their own self-preservation.
Training does not need to be mandatory and expensive. The State then dictates what the standard outcome should be, and everyone teaches to the test instead of giving people knowledge and making certain that they have retained the information (not simply the ability to regurgitate it on command). The burden then falls on the "law-abiding citizen" to spend time and capital, regardless of how quickly they can grasp the content, to overcome the barriers the State places in front of their free exercise of said Rights.
Everyone is FOR education, training, competency and safety. The devil in the details is, as always, "By what standard?" and who is empowered to set forth the standard. Will we encourage citizens to self-sufficiency or State-dependency?
People irresponsibly using their Negative Natural Rights does NOT permit the State to abdicate its proper role of preserving the same Liberties that were misused by someone. Of course tyrants and usurpers will make the argument that "public safety" is served by creating "Prohibited Persons" or limiting Liberty in wide swaths, as a dog naturally returns to eat its vomit.
“A free people claim their rights, as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.”
-Thomas Jefferson, 1774
Tweed Ring: "...we should have all done more to elected Republicans..." Agreed