The Whitehouse is now officially withdrawing Biden’s nominee for The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), David Chipman. This came in as many, including independents and even Democrats in the Senate considered Chipman to be “too radical” from his testimonies and previous records.
To be confirmed, Chipman needed at least 50 Democrat votes in the Senate, with Vice President Kamala voting in to break the tie. Chipman failed to secure these 50 votes and was so unpopular that even Democrats weren’t willing to support him.
Chipman is a former ATF agent. He is also an advisor for many anti-gun groups funded by Michael Bloomberg.
In 2012, Chipman suggested to MSNBC that The United States Secret Service (USSS) should not carry firearms.
In October 2018, Chipman told The Hill that AR-15 should be “treated just like machine guns”
And in 2020, he openly mocked the rising number of new gun buyers, millions of first-time gun owners who registered a firearm to their name for the first time amid the lockdowns and rising crime rates with BLM protesting and looting without any legal consequences in many Democrat-run cities. He said first-time gun owners are “putting themselves and their families in danger.” and they should “hide it [their guns] behind the cans of tuna and beef jerky that you have stored in the cabinet and only bring that out if the Zombies start to appear.”
On several occasions, Chipman has described AR-15 as “a particularly lethal weapon.”
Republican Senator from Iowa, Chuck Grassley who is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said, “Mr. Chipman’s long record as a partisan, anti-Second Amendment activist raised plenty of concerns about how he’d administer federal firearms laws. But that wasn’t the only cause for concern.”
“The record he concealed from Congress, some of which remains hidden to this day, about how he treated his fellow employees while at the ATF confirms his lack of fitness to lead the agency,” he added.
Montana Republican Senator Steve Daines also commented on this withdrawal saying, “I’ve been opposed to David Chipman leading the ATF from the start. He’s an anti-Second Amendment, gun-grabbing radical that should not lead the agency that regulates firearms.”
The Whitehouse has yet to release who will be nominated to lead the ATF in David Chipman’s place.
What do you think of this withdrawal? Who do you think the Biden administration will now nominate to further push their anti-second amendment agenda? Share your thoughts in the comments below!