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Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey reopened for business today Fox 5 has reported. The co-owner, Ian Smith, opened his gym in defiance of Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order. Smith has taken many steps to make sure the environment is safe, including only operating at 20% capacity and making sure everyone keeps a social distance of 6 feet.
The gym opened at 8am. Bellmawr Police showed up around 10:30am to speak to the owners.
The following exchange ensued:
Watch as these New Jersey cops tell everyone that opening the gym is in violation of the Governor’s order
But then say “have a nice day” and walk away
These cops are Patriots and their actions need to be shared across America
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“We are and were only here for everybody’s safety today. We planned for the worst and hoped for the best and it seems like that’s what we have out here today. Formally, you are all in violation of the executive order. On that note, have a good day. Everybody be safe.”
God Bless these police officers!
How amazing was that when the crowd went absolutely WILD!!!!
USA USA USA USA USA USA!!!
The Camden County Police, in contrast to the Bellmawr Police, suck. After opening, the gym received a summons for “disorderly conduct” from the Camden County Police.
The owners have said the decision to resume operations at the members-only facility was not about financial gain, but rather a question of Constitutional rights. They also say they plan on opening up again on Tuesday.
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“We think so far, this has been just a gross violation of constitutional rights,” said Atilis Gym owner Ian Smith in an interview on Tucker Carlson Tonight. “The 14th Amendment states that no state shall pass any law that infringes upon our rights as citizens, and we’ve been forced into our homes. Enough is enough.”
Even if Smith did reopen his gym for financial gain, so what? Isn’t that the main point of running a business? It’s a business, not a charity!
Smith has spoken common sense into the whole matter of “essential” businesses.
“Our actions on Monday are going to be grounded in the ideals of civil disobedience,” Smith said. “What we intend to showcase is that we reject the premise of essential versus nonessential businesses. Anything that Walmart can do with hundreds, if not thousands, of people passing through the stores every day … a small business, whether it be a restaurant, a gym, a hair salon, or anything else, can replicate those things … and we plan to do that.”
Not only is the government threatening the gym, they are also threatening its patrons.
Over the weekend, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office issued a reminder that non-essential businesses were to remain closed under Murphy’s order, adding “anyone who patronizes a business that is open in violation of an executive order could face criminal charges in the form of a disorderly persons offense for which you could be fined up to $1,000 for each offense and spend up to six months in jail.”
How can they put anyone in jail? It’s already been made very, very clear to the American people that jail is too dangerous a place to keep criminals because of the Rona.
This overreach of Government in New Jersey is no surprise. Remember, Governor Murphy admitted, out loud, on Tucker Carlson that he is not concerned with the Bill of Rights.
Tucker and Murphy had the following exchange.
“By what authority did you nullify the Bill of Rights in issuing this order? How do you have the power to do that?”
“That’s above my pay grade, Tucker,” Murphy responded.
“I wasn’t thinking of the Bill of Rights when we did this. We went to all — first of all, we looked at the data and the science …”
That, my friends, sums up what is happening in New Jersey. The Governor is not concerning himself with the Bill of Rights. Thankfully, citizens like Ian Smith, are. God Bless him!