“Senator Mike Rounds, R-S.D., is taking on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) with a new bill expanding full-time travelers’ gun ownership rights,” Fox News reports. “Rounds reintroduced the Traveler’s Gun Rights Act on Thursday, a bill that aims to update federal law to account for gun residency issues full-time travelers — such as people who live in recreational vehicles (RVs), individuals with multiple homes, and military personnel and spouses.”
“Currently, the ATF does not allow Post Office (PO) boxes or private mailboxes to be included on federal forms for firearms purchasers,” the report explains.
The National Rifle Association and National Shooting Sports Foundation have high praise. They’re right, of course, there is no legitimate reason why citizens without a permanent address should be denied rights and why the Second Amendment should be treated differently than the First or any of the others. But lost in the rhetoric and the applause is a simple reality that the report and those commenting on it seem happily unaware of: With a Democrat majority Senate and Joe Biden in the White House, and with all the emphasis from the administration and Congressional Democrats on restricting, not expanding “gun rights,” good luck expecting this bill to pass and become law.
Sen. Rounds knows this, which leads to the logical question, “Why now?”
Odds are it’s for the same reason Lindsey Graham is dreaming the impossible dream of codifying the right to bear arms outside the home. First, “shall not be infringed” should have done the trick, and the thought that a government that won’t obey that command will suddenly fall into line with a law that says things less plainly is delusional. But again, he knows it won’t pass. So again, “Why now?”
In Graham’s case, it’s pretty well established that he’s not only burned some bridges that need to be rebuilt (like caving to Democrat propaganda on the J6 tapes), but also that his actions on nomination approvals have actually undone many of his “good” votes on guns. So he could use some appreciative feelings from his base about now.
The same goes for Rounds. He, too, was part of the group of Vichycons that “joined the GOP chorus trashing [Tucker] Carlson” for airing the videos the J6 Committee held back from the public. But what has he done to undermine his “good” gun actions, like this travelers’ rights bill?
For starters, and you don’t really need to go much beyond this, back in 2018, Rounds teamed up with Chuck Schumer and squishes Susan Collins and Angus King, to “gut interior enforcement and grant amnesty to more than 10 million illegal aliens … including some who aren’t even here yet!”
As noted recently in an exclusive AmmoLand report, the impetus for that continues with a vengeance. And Schumer himself has revised the figure to “however many undocumented there are here,” with some revised estimates running up to “30 million (or more).”
Add to that ongoing demands for a “pathway to citizenship” (more like a superhighway if proponents have their way), and all observable demographic realities tell us this will result in Democrat supermajorities. Legislatures will then be able to pass whatever anti-gun edicts they want while confirming judges, especially to the Supreme Court, who will uphold those edicts and reverse gains (like Bruen) made to date.
Schumer’s counting on that and on Rounds feeling good about reaching across the aisle. He’s playing the guy.
So even if Rounds’ travelers’ bill passed, it won’t last once the prohibitionists take politically unchallengeable charge. Every “good” gun vote the “cheap labor Republicans” give constituents as a sop to distract them from the real dangers will be undone. And then some as they start rolling out the bans.
For reasons of their own, none of the “pro-gun groups” want to go on record as believing this is a threat, probably in no small part because they don’t want to be smeared as xenophobes and haters (too late!). So they fall back on a “single issue” excuse for not only saying and doing nothing about the greatest threat to the continued recognition of the right to keep and bear arms and still giving “A” grades to politicians like Rounds, whose immigration stance threatens to help eradicate all electoral, legislative and judicial remedies.
In a way, their position is understandable, with the only armed citizen advocates out there arguing otherwise are small fry “extremists” (like me) with limited range voices that are easy to ignore. Hopefully, the direct and devastating impact a “pathway to citizenship” will have on the prospect for future legislation and rulings will be more receptively entertained by them now that a more recognized and respected academic and legal voice has dared to pose some related questions for their consideration.
“THREAT TO 2A RIGHTS? Immigration (Legal and Illegal) & Gun Rights” is the title of a recent video “from constitutional attorney Mark W. Smith, a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar, a professor, a frequent Fox News guest, and a New York Times bestselling author.” And while he hasn’t taken a position and is hedging his bets to protect himself from being lumped in with us “haters,” Smith asks questions that, if answered realistically, come up with an inescapable conclusion: Of course it is.
“Gun rights groups” committed to giving their members a complete picture should be demanding answers to those questions from candidates before assigning ratings and endorsements filled with superlatives. If they expect us to believe “we can count on Mike Rounds to stand up for our constitutional freedoms in the U.S. Senate [and] for his steadfast support of the Second Amendment,” they should demand them of him.
Bearing Arms takes exception to Smith’s video.
I take exception to Bearing Arms. So does my colleague Herschel Smith at The Captain’s Journal.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.
Politicians are never to be trusted.
Foirth oldest profession.
True, I would add, we can only keep them honest by engaging them. Teach them that at least for them, the power of incumbency only works when they are honest and do what they promise during their campaigns.
I would think the 2A is already acknowledges that firearms and self defense is a civil right.
Yes, we would think that but there’s too many politico hacks that do not acknowledge that except for themselves.
Excellent article. This is why we have to go for the throat and demand the 2nd amendment be enforced as a civil right…just like civil rights for minorities… In 1957 the government sent the national guard to little rock, arkansas to enforce school desegregation. Once we go about it from that perspective ( the perspective of Charlton Heston) and have our rights enforced against the state and local governments there will be no going back for the left. They know if they can continue to stall our rights and their enforcment long enough that bruen will never be actual law.… Read more »
How about we get the first 13 words back in force and effect? One governor in one state does that and watch what happens! Those Forgotten and Ignored 13 Words Why we need our citizen militias back…
All ‘reaching across the aisle’ does is get you arm gnawed off.
Just saying that phrase alone, should result in a primary challenger, IMHO.
It’s so obvious that what it really boils down to is WHY DO WE NEED ANY OF THEM? Problem: Psychopathic Control Freaks Rule UsThink about it…
EXACTLY ! Just when will people realize this ? Do you need to be taxed ? Do you need to be told how fast to drive ? Do you need to be told which doctor to see ? How often you can visit your children ? Or how much you need to pay your ex partner to raise your children ? Shouldn’t all of these be decisions made by responsible grownups ? Or better yet being taxed for children you did not propagate.
Mark Smith, “4 Boxes Diner” on youtube, is one of the best ways to keep up with 2A happenings in the courts. “Washington Gun Law” keeps close tabs on the Pacific Northwest and “Armed Scholar” closely follows the shenanigans in California. I recommend them all. For sarcastic wit on the subject “Liberty Doll” can be amusing and “ar15.com” can be very funny.
Thank you for the advice.
there are very few politicians that will do what they say on the campaign trail. once elected they do what they need to retain the power they were given by the citizens, many times to the detriment of the citizen. a two party political system will be the downfall of America in my opinion. the entrenched politicians in both parties want to remain welfare recipients, because they live off the taxpayer dollar, for the rest of their lives. because of this they pit one group of people against another in an effort to ensure they get re-elected. we can see… Read more »
……. and these politicians should be rewarded with the north-end of a broom handle…. Louima-style.
No, they don’t live off taxpayers dollars on the federal level. There Is A Reason “They” Don’t Listen to Us Anymore explained there in.
Yes gregs you put the right words in the sentence when describing term limits, and I get into lots and lots of discussions about term limits and how bad it would be for America if we went off half cocked and only term limited pols.
I could wholeheartedly get onboard with a resolution term limiting every single governmental job all the way down to a city metermaid or janitors. We should eliminate government unions too. Even FDR commented once about the destructive nature of public employee unions.
I’m very frustrated by, as you and Bongino call “squishes”, too polite. I also like your term Vichycons, kinda hard on the French comparing them to the Kings, Collins, Mittens and what list of squishes is complete without including Linda McGramnesty types of current day, dontcha think? The Vichy’s motivation was a WHOLE lot different than those pukes, but I digress. Mr. Codrea, what I appreciate most and it shows, is that you listen to the input you receive from your content and you use your last paragraphs offering advice how to move forward positively. Many content producers are great… Read more »
Suffer the consequences ? What would that be ? You have no way of voting them out. So what other recourse do you have ? Bombard them with emails they don’t read. And of course they send their complimentary email back to you filled with the same old dribble. It’s all about the safety of our communities. For which the problem they speak of, does not even exist. lol
If one beds down with Marxist’s expect the transfer of Communist fleas.
Conservative in name only jerks like Rounds need to be roundly defeated and sent packing. These traitors have no place in our government.
I have to put up with phony Romney for one of my senators. Complete used car salesman phony. God told him to vote to impeach trump.
I wonder if he ever looks in the mirror.