Congressman Dusty Johnson hasn’t endorsed any legislation to restore the successful universal school-meal funding that our great and rich country implemented during the coronavirus pandemic. But he is working to help our Indian brothers and sisters get guns:
Today, U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) introduced the bipartisan Tribal Firearm Access Actwith Rep. Mary Peltola (D-AK) to protect tribal sovereignty and list tribal governments as eligible entities to issue identification documents for the purposes of transferring a firearm. U.S. Senator Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) introduced the companion bill in the Senate.
“Classifying tribal IDs as an invalid form of identification for the purchase of firearms limits tribal sovereignty and tribal members’ ability to obtain a firearm,” said Johnson. “A foreign passport is accepted as a valid form of identification—a tribal ID should be no different. My bill corrects this oversight, ensuring Second Amendment rights for tribal members.”
“The right to bear arms is constitutionally vested, and important to the day-to-day lives of Native Americans. The Tribal Firearm Access Act sponsored by Rep. Dusty Johnson removes certain barriers for tribal members to purchase firearms by allowing them to utilize tribally issued identification cards as a valid form of identification. I applaud Rep. Johnson’s continued efforts to protect tribal members’ rights, and appreciate this legislation,” said President Tony Reider, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe [Congressman Dusty Johnson, press release, 2023.03.22].
We should applaud Johnson’s effort to expand equal recognition of tribal ID cards. But if he can’t prioritize universal school-lunch funding, maybe he could at least advocate a universal youth hunting season, so all kids, Indian and otherwise, can go out and shoot their own food (but remember, ammunition isn’t free, either).