We should also face the sober reality that government cannot protect us from all possible harm. No matter how many laws we pass, no matter how many police or federal agents we put on the streets...
Precisely. This is crux of the statist argument, that the state should assume all responsibilities for the individual - protection, health care, education, food, shelter, etc. And in return, the citizens cede their freedoms and liberty.
“At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”
- Abraham Lincoln