"A right is the sanction of independent action. A right is that which can be exercised without anyone’s permission. If you exist only because society permits you to exist—you have no right to your own life. A permission can be revoked at any time. If, before undertaking some action, you must obtain the permission of society—you are not free, whether such permission is granted to you or not. Only a slave acts on permission. A permission is not a right"
- Ayn Rand
Exactly. Slaves beg for permissions from their masters before they act, free people do not. This is a point I've brought up many times and it's the reason I'm so adamantly opposed to permitting systems for gun ownership and CCW. I thought this quote described my position well.