When the founders spoke of inalienable rights, they meant that the existence of natural rights were self evident and unquestionable. Are our rights mutable? Yes they are! How? Deprive someone else of their rights and you forfeit your own. Rights are only one side of a coin. The other side is duty and responsibility. You have the responsibility of respecting the rights of others if you expect your rights to be honored and the duty to protect the rights of all members of society if you expect your rights to be protected!