This morning I was clicking around and went to Brietbart to find an article on seven great 2nd Amendment quotes. I was struck by the argument of Alexander Hamilton, who said, in Federalist 28,
If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no resource left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers, may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual state. In a single state, if the persons intrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair.Here, Hamilton seems to argue that the right is individual, but can become collective, by individuals rushing to arms, "without concert, without system" in defense of their individual rights. This is also a form of self defense, a collective form of self defense.
It is well that we remember such things.