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Veterans Day Appropriate Time to Communicate RKBA Expectations to President-Elect Trump

That’s a pretty “yuge” promise. What will you do to help make sure Trump keeps it?

It’s Veterans Day. All the flag-waving politicians, especially the insincere ones, are giving press release/photo op lip service to how much sacrifices have been appreciated. All the while, they’re doing nothing to make the plight of veterans any better, and in many cases they’re making it worse, particularly in regards to the right to keep and bear arms.

veteransaffairsva_032615gettyForemost among those concerns are actions by the Obama-directed and controlled Veterans Administration to deny guns to hundreds of thousands of veterans without due process.  Gun Owners of America explains:

Specifically, they’ve been reporting veterans who have a fiduciary trustee to act on their behalf for legal or financial matters. All veterans with this arrangement are being automatically declared “mentally defective” according to, and are having their second amendment rights revoked. Over the past 4 months alone the VA has reported over 260,000 veterans to the NICS, which now accounts for 99% of all “mentally defective” claims to the database.

That’s a hell of a way to say “Thank you for your service,” is it not? Trump can help correct that. He can also make sure backers of the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act — currently stalled — know that his signing it depends on whether or not “the order or finding of a judicial authority of competent jurisdiction” will only be issued if comprehensive due process protections have been ensured.

Opportunities for reform also exist for current serving members of the military.

nh-recruitment-centers2-677x316_c“[T]o have a strong military, we need to allow them to defend themselves,” Trump observed about military bases and recruiting centers on his campaign website.  (Oath Keepers took a lead on providing security for recruiting centers  in its “Protect the Protectors” program, and Trump elaborated on ending base gun bans in a July 2015 AmmoLand interview.)

screenhunter_04-nov-11-12-57One other area where reforms are urgently needed (but only a few of us seem to be calling for them) is the gun ban at military cemeteries—and this applies to veterans, their families, loved ones and friends. It’s not only an intolerable infringement, it borders on blasphemous considering the interred are those who risked — and sometimes gave — all in defense of the nation and the  Constitution they swore a sacred oath to uphold.  And while that ban is codified into federal law, Trump could and should use his bully pulpit to press members of Congress for a change he can sign, reminding controlling Republicans that they are also significantly indebted to gun owners for their House and Senate majorities.

There are plenty of other gun-related reforms and promises for Trump to keep that I outlined in my just-published GUNS Magazine “Rights Watch” post-election analysis.  The bottom line: It’s up to us to make sure all his words about supporting the Second Amendment translate into substantive actions.

What will you do to make those expectations known?



David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.



  1. Dear Davidt,

    Trump announced defunding of Sanctuary cities on his website:

    The Second Amendment is highly restricted by states such as CA, NJ, NY and IL. If threatened by loss of Fed Funds, they would have to seriously consider repealing their unconstitutional laws to stave off severe economic collapse.

    I propose that we gather The Second Amendment Community to ask Trump to announce this ASAP. His website has a suggestion box where we can all let him know:

    Let me know what you think, who to contact and let’s get this rolling!!!


  2. Today I received a dozen emails from companies like Gander Mountain and Field and Stream as well as Autozone.
    In every one i=was a “Veterans Day” 10% off for Veterans “code” for 10% off, “Just type in Veteran10 at checkout.” I am not “registered with these companies as a “veteran”. Which means EVERYONE got those emails. Everyone who typed in “Veterand10” got that discount.
    Can you say bullshit? Can you say INSULT?
    All is was was bogus brain food for small minds and not a “deal” at all.

    How about LOWES? They give a 10% discount YEAR ROUND. Now THAT is honoring Veterans.

    I am so tired of us Veterans being trotted out by politicians and companies so they can take credit for “honoring Veterans” and gather the Veteran credit.

    What does Veterans day mean to me? It generally is a day where Veterans honor other Veterans for their service.

    You want to honor Veterans? MAKE IT COUNT! Do it year round.

  3. What about us old farts whose wives handle all our medical bills (and often all other bills) as well as ordering our drugs and reminding us of our vehicle inspections and registrations so we don’t forget all that detail stuff? Does this also pose a risk that we will not be allowed to protect ourselves and love ones, just because someone else is better equipped to handle the red tape of all these areas of talent and ability? Of course the answer is obvious: only if the totalitarian central planning bureaucrats think we will let them get away with it.
    The idea of States nullifying unconstitutional law is a good one, but the 10th Amendment puts what is not delegated to the general government in the hands of the States or to the people. Last I heard, we are still the people. Do not comply nor bow to any one or group of men, but stand up (if you are still able. Otherwise, sit up) for your right to resist opression.

  4. While I may not get around much any longer, I do have the computer to write letters to elected and appointed government officials and to write letters to the editor So count me in as a cyber-volunteer.

  5. Folks. I was born in another country, entered the USA legally… Became a citizen of the USA… have been an attorney here in the USA for over 32 years … am an NRA Rifle, Shotgun and Pistol instructor… am an FAA CFI, Instrument Airplane.. and volunteer for some years as a Search and Rescue Membef with a local Sheriff’s Department. I find particularly troubling articles that are written with unexplained acronyms. I have been told to help with CRM… etc…. I had no idea what the writer was trying to tell me because the acronyms was unexplained in the context of a request for legal assistance…. If this was a flight instructor , or pilot, related matter I would have believed that the acronyms related to “Cockpit Resource Management..”. In the context of the message, I had no clue what the writer was intending to communicate. I started to read this article and it was meaningless to me because I simply am ignorant of what “RKBA” means. I am fairly certain that I cannot be the only reader who has that ignorance. Please have the articles explain any acronyms that are used. I enjoy your articles and agree with your mission. I only make this comment because I believe that we write articles and/or letters with the intention to COMMUNICATE. TO THE EXTENT THAT WE USE ACRONYMNS, TRENDY THOUGH THEY MIGHT BE, WE FAIL IN COMMUNICATING. Thank you.

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