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.
"There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution."
- John Adams