Since When are American’s Rights Not “Allowed”!? ~ VIDEO

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Since When are American's Rights Not “Allowed”!? ~ VIDEO

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- In recent weeks, American adults have been subjected to the word “allowed” at levels they’ve not seen since elementary school.

America’s gun owners have had this word thrown at them for decades, and many have, unfortunately, gotten used to it. Some of us have always bristled at the cavalier way this word has been bandied about in reference to our fundamental rights.

Now more Americans are discovering that it’s unnerving and maybe a little ominous to hear politicians, bureaucrats, and “reporters” explaining what we are and are not “allowed” to do.

While the word “allow” is sometimes chosen out of simple laziness, the word contains a disturbing presumption of authority, which suggests that its use is not always accidental. When a reporter talks about whether the Governor will “allow businesses to reopen,” that statement, unconsciously or not, grants as fact that the governor has the authority to decide whether businesses can be in business. When bureaucrats say that lawful carry of firearms has been “allowed” in the Michigan State Capitol for decades, the use of that word implies a privilege that was bestowed upon the people by a higher authority, and which can be revoked by that authority at any time.

Americans should be outraged whenever the word “allow” is applied to almost anything that they might choose to do.

The word “allow” rightly belongs almost exclusively only to parents, teachers, and property owners. Parents might not allow certain words to be used by their children. Teachers might allow a designated amount of free time for students to work on personal projects, and property owners might not allow smoking on their premises. Those are all valid and acceptable uses of the word “allow.” What is not valid or acceptable is the use of the word “allow” in relation to what a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, may decree regarding the rights of the people.

The government of the United States and the governments of the several states, along with their subsidiary governments, derive their authority from “we the people.” We allow these governments certain powers and privileges, for our convenience and the general welfare. We allow them to institute certain laws and regulations for the public good. We do not authorize politicians and bureaucrats to manage our lives or dole out our God-given rights as they might see fit.

Whether the media and government operatives are using the word “allow” intentionally to suggest certain authority, or they’re just lazy about how they express themselves, the result is the same. They are reinforcing the idea that “the state” is the authority, and “the state” may mandate or proscribe virtually any action or behavior of “the people.”

That’s not how it works. Not under our Constitution and the philosophy of liberty upon which our system of government is founded.

Under our system, “We the People” allow government specific authority and duties, but the government doesn’t “allow” us to do anything. We might allow the government to establish laws and regulations, such as the penalty for a serious crime or a speed limit. But we wouldn’t – or shouldn’t – say that the government “allows” us to drive 65 MPH on the freeway. Instead, we would say that driving faster than 65 MPH is prohibited. It is semantics, but the semantics are important. We, the People, have given the government the authority to set speed limits on public roadways. That’s very different from the government granting the privilege of driving and setting restrictions on our exercise of that privilege, but that is what is implied when the word “allow” is used. The word “allow” assumes wide authority and implies that anything falling under that broad authority, is a privilege granted by the “allowing” entity.

Long-time AmmoLand News readers will recall that I’ve raised this issue in the past. When I’ve raised it before, only a few people, mostly within the gun rights community, have seen the significance of this argument. With the whole Chi-Comm virus mess going on now, more people are seeing the word “allow” used against them, and they’re beginning to understand the nefarious nature of that word.

For many, it’s just a feeling. They’re not sure why, but when they see or hear a report that uses the word “allow,” they feel somehow insulted. The same thing with the term “Essential Workers”. Well, all workers are essential, but that is another debate.

Well, they should feel insulted. We should all feel insulted when any reporter, politician, or bureaucrat suggests that our rights are actually privileges bestowed upon us by a benevolent state, and which the state can revoke for any reason, or no reason at all, at any time. The suggestion is an outrage, and we should all be livid every time we hear or see it.

Rights, liberty, freedom – these are not things that the state “allows.” These are core human rights, and they run through virtually everything we do.

Just a few months ago, it would have been outrageous for any reporter or politician to use the word “allow” in reference to churches meeting. Still, today, we have governors, mayors, and the media openly discussing whether or not to “allow” church services. A major metropolitan police force has declared that “Protest is not essential,” and only essential activities are “allowed.” Gun shops and ranges have had to sue to demand that they be able to remain open and operating lawfully.

Suddenly, thanks to fear of this latest Chi-Comm Virus, the word “allow” is being applied to virtually everything we say or do. That must not be allowed to continue. Every time you see the word “allow” in a news story unless it is talking about what “we the people” allow the government to do properly, you should be outraged and should leave a comment or write a letter to the editor calling out the writer’s use of that word. If the reporter is quoting a politician or bureaucrat, challenge the reporter to question the use of that word, and then send a letter or email to the politician or bureaucrat – and their boss – demanding that they stop using language that suggests subjugation of the American people.

Rights are not “allowed” by politicians or bureaucrats. While the word “allow” can be convenient when reporting about government restrictions, it is lazy, inaccurate, and undermines the perception of rights across the board.

So be outraged. Be angry. Be indignant, and let the reporters, bureaucrats, and politicians know that you’re outraged and that you demand that they stop undermining rights and misinforming the public with their sloppy, lazy, or intentionally subversive choice of words. Demand better. Don’t allow them to get away with this reprogramming effort. Spread this message far and wide, and demand that our rights be respected – in deed and in word.



Jeff Knox
Jeff Knox

About Jeff Knox:

Jeff Knox is a second-generation political activist and director of The Firearms Coalition. His father Neal Knox led many of the early gun rights battles for your right to keep and bear arms. Read Neal Knox – The Gun Rights War.

The Firearms Coalition is a loose-knit coalition of individual Second Amendment activists, clubs and civil rights organizations. Founded by Neal Knox in 1984, the organization provides support to grassroots activists in the form of education, analysis of current issues, and with a historical perspective of the gun rights movement. The Firearms Coalition has offices in Buckeye, Arizona and Manassas, VA. Visit: www.FirearmsCoalition.org.

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PMinFl
PMinFl
4 months ago

Words have meanings and when used frequently they become accepted as reality. We “allow” politicians to represent us in various governmental duties, they don’t seem to remember who elected them and who they SERVE.

American Patriot
American Patriot
4 months ago

It doesn’t matter how many crimes they have done they never go to prison. They keep their jobs or pensions & continue to make laws on the minnions of the country. Too me this is treason period & the only justice for all would be a firing squad……I’d volunteer for the job!

Boomer
Boomer
4 months ago

“We’ve seen a lot of rules being passed that simply don’t make sense” -Crenshaw.
That’s reeeeal rich coming from Mr. TAPS act, the red flag law pusher himself… Please Mr. Crenshaw, explain to us how revocation of due process and other civil rights violations, with your minority report reality that would literally punish people for future-crimes they’ve not yet committed, “makes sense”.

Edit: Though I do agree with essentially everything else he said, he doesn’t get to pick and choose which rights are inalienable, no one does. That’s not how civil liberties work, period.

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
4 months ago

If we the people learned anything about those tyrannical local and state politicians. It’s they who decided to use this crises to control their subjects at will. We now know who these vipers are and to let them remain in office is truly our own fault.

Marc
Marc
4 months ago

Let’s take a look at this outrage and abuse of governing power by the numbers. Those are, in the end, what drives who we delegate power to in our constitutional republic. There are now about 10% unemployment after about 22 million people qualifying for unemployment have applied (grossly overwhelming the deep state minions and computer systems that they must use in that process). We’ve got about 325 million people living in the USA today. Of them, the working age population is about 205 million. Johns Hopkins (whom everyone quotes) shows 1.37 million Covid-19 cases diagnosed, with 82,300 related deaths to… Read more »

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
4 months ago

I as an American Citizen am ABLE and have the RIGHT and FREEDOM to do everything I am capable of doing – – – as long as my activities do NOT INFRINGE on the RIGHTS of others.
I have Disagreed with the RESTRICTIONS any government has placed upon me. It IS MY responsibility to think and do what is SAFE for MYSELF and others.

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
4 months ago

The Colorado restaurant that opened on Mothers Day was “not allowed” to open so they suspended her business license because of it. Dictators in all Democrat politicians finally come to the surface.

KenW
KenW
4 months ago

Back when the VP asked for 15 days to stop the spread be extended to 30, I surmised okay we can do that, but I also speculated that come May 1st “We the People” were going to take charge.

Greg K
Greg K
4 months ago

We actually need to recognize that virtually everything we’ve been taught about our Constitutional Republic, is incorrect. Our Government is not a body of 3 coequal branches. It is a four branch system. The first Branch is We the People. We are endowed to implement changes by whatever means necessary, of the other 3 branches. The 3 branches are not supreme, We the People are. It’s not enough to simply spew some crap, action (or inaction) is necessary. First off, it’s time to quit paying them, period! If that isn’t blatantly obvious, I don’t know what is. Then, there are… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
4 months ago

We learn, from being in a family, what momma don’t allow, and internalize that language. The family, however, is not a model for governing our country … a kingdom perhaps … but not our Constitutional Republic.
Therefore we must learn the language and mechanics of our Constitutional Republic, and not let mayors, county officials, governors, judges, bureaucrats, and even presidents get away with fooling us with language that we learned at the knee of Momma.
Let us rise to the occasion and Restore the Republic.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
4 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

“Truer words…” my friend!

Green Mtn. Boy
Green Mtn. Boy
4 months ago

If memory serves me correctly Mr Crenshaw maybe the pot calling the kettle black, if IIRC his second amendment votes do not all comport with the 2 nd. amendment.

gregs
gregs
4 months ago
Reply to  Green Mtn. Boy

I do remember something along those lines myself. it may have been bump stocks.

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
4 months ago

“The RIGHT to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.” Maybe someone should send them a copy of the declaration of independence, the constitution, the bill of rights and the amendments? RIGHTS are things given to mankind from the LORD HIMSELF. Our RIGHTS were also written into law by our forefathers who knew all too well how government can go bad, against the very people they are sworn to protect and defend. Yes, I did use that phrase on purpose. Rights are not privileges. Privileges can be revoked or delayed or denied, RIGHTS cannot be revoked, delayed or denied,… Read more »

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
4 months ago

HEAR, HEAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gregs
gregs
4 months ago

I agree, but you would be wasting money on postage. almost every democrat and a number of republicans in congress swore that oath, many several times, but they still violate both the spirit and the letter of the law. they should be removed from office for perjury, they willfully lied. feelings have a place in your heart but the law is the law. I will become a criminal if they ever abolish the second amendment. criminals get 3 squares a place to sleep every night and health care, better than some people I know and a lot of senior citizens.… Read more »

PMinFl
PMinFl
4 months ago

Too many politicians, deep in their souls, are godless.

GUNFUN
GUNFUN
4 months ago

I am going to be calling my representatives, senators, and other political officials quite a bit – once I get a phone.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
4 months ago
Reply to  GUNFUN

@GF, Email. I bought a stack of “Politicians prefer unarmed peasants.” postcards from Zazzle. Then I sent one to every member of a certain state legislature. It really pissed many of them off. I got many angry responses, but I think that I made a point, at that time. Something to occupy your time until you get a phone.

gregs
gregs
4 months ago
Reply to  GUNFUN

go out and get your self a obamaphone.