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Biden's Mini-me Rejected as head of the ATF

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David Chipman was the absolute worst choice for the head of the ATF and I doubt that they could find anyone less intelligent or more hostile to gun ownership by private citizens although I'm sure Biden will do his best to find another moron with  the same "You don't need a AR15, Buy a Shotgun" mentality. Here's a quote from an article in Forbes about the Chipman nomination:

"President Biden is about to nominate the most anti-gun zealot ever to head the 5,100-employee Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. By selecting Bloomberg toady David Chipman, an anti-gun activist who has worked for Gabby Gifford’s gun control group, Biden has just given a middle finger to America’s 150 million gun owners.

Chipman isn’t your run-of-the-mill anti-gun Democrat, but rather he is especially condescending toward gun owners and screams contempt for them at every opportunity. He publicly ridicules gun owners, famously mocking, “…the people who hoarded guns might decide six months from now—once they see no zombies around but they’ve run out of tuna and beef jerky—that they need the money to buy food.” Never mind the fact that his counterparts in the Democrat party continue to beat the “defund the police” drum and have stood by as anarchists sack our cities with impunity."

White House Plans to Withdraw ATF Pick David Chipman

Sept. 9, 2021 11:34 am ET The Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—The White House is planning to withdraw David Chipman ‘s nomination to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to people familiar with the matter, in the face of tepid support from centrist Democrats.

The White House didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. His confirmation would have required at least 50 votes in the evenly split Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking any ties. Mr. Chipman spent 25 years at the ATF before retiring as a special agent in 2012. Since then, he has served as an adviser to organizations that press lawmakers for stricter firearms regulations, including a group founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D., Ariz.), where he is still employed. Ms. Giffords survived a shooting in January 2011.

Second Amendment groups including the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation lobbied against Mr. Chipman. Gun-control groups including Brady, Everytown for Gun Safety and others have advocated on the Hill for Mr. Chipman’s approval.

Some centrist Democrats had expressed hesitations over some of his stances, which include advocating for a ban on assault-style rifles and expanded background checks. Republicans were expected to be united in opposition to the pick.

“Mr. Chipman’s long record as a partisan, anti-Second Amendment activist raised plenty of concerns about how he’d administer federal firearms laws,” Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement Thursday.Mr. Chipman’s defenders said he had been unfairly smeared by the gun-rights lobby.

“David Chipman was an eminently qualified nominee and a good man who has dedicated his life to public safety. That any Senator, let alone at least 51, would oppose his nomination points to the work of the gun lobby’s lies and misinformation,” said Kris Brown, president of Brady. Mr. Chipman’s pulled nomination also highlighted the polarizing politics around firearms on Capitol Hill. Mr. Biden’s gun-control agenda has languished in the Senate, where lawmakers have struggled for months to find a bipartisan compromise around expanding background checks.

Mr. Biden has gotten most of his major nominees confirmed. One notable exception was Neera Tanden, who had been nominated to lead the Office of Management and Budget. Ms. Tanden had come under criticism for her past social-media comments, which included jabs at senators.



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