Biden has made some awful appointments, but none so far have been as dangerously outside the mainstream as David Chipman. Biden wants him to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
Chipman openly admitted in a hearing on Wednesday that he wants to ban the AR-15, the most popular rifle in America today.
Chipman is an active anti-gun activist. He has zero business being anywhere near the levers of power at the ATF.
Morgan Phillips reports at FOX News:
Biden ATF nominee supports ban on AR-15
President Biden’s nominee to head the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) bureau, David Chipman, said during Wednesday that he is in favor of a ban on AR-15 rifles.
“With respect to the AR-15, I support a ban as has been presented in a senate bill and supported by the president,” Chipman told Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Cruz said the AR-15 was “one of, if not the, most popular rifle in America.
“The AR-15 is a gun I was issued on the ATF’s SWAT team, and it’s a particularly lethal weapon. Regulating it as other particularly lethal weapons, I have advocated for. As ATF director, if I’m confirmed, I would simply enforce the laws on the books, and right now there is no such ban on those guns.”
Chipman was an ATF special agent for 25 years and currently serves as senior policy adviser to gun violence prevention group Giffords.
Watch Ted Cruz question Chipman in the clip below:
The truth has been exposed: Biden’s radical ATF nominee wants to ban AR-15s. pic.twitter.com/mQQlA4OIl9
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) May 26, 2021
Chuck Grassley has a great line here:
“Many see putting a committed gun control proponent, like David Chipman, in charge of ATF… is like putting Antifa in charge of the Portland police department.” –Sen. @ChuckGrassley #OpposeChipman pic.twitter.com/FTW2mcW6Gq
— NRA (@NRA) May 26, 2021
Tom Cotton asked Chipman to define what an assault weapon is. His answer is stunning:
Senator @TomCottonAR asks Biden's ATF nominee David Chipman to define an "assault weapon":
"Any semi-automatic rifle capable of accepting a detachable magazine above the caliber of .22" pic.twitter.com/EA4NveiqKt
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 26, 2021
Dana Loesch says this is all part of the plan:
This was always about the start of banning all semi-auto. It’s why they conflate semi with full auto and throw around terms like “assault weapon” (a term only used once in an Army field guide from the 60s specifically describing full-auto). https://t.co/gN08r9mIle
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 26, 2021
David Chipman was present during the Waco Siege. In the years since he has pushed a conspiracy theory about the event. For years, Democrats and the media have been telling us how dangerous conspiracy theories are. Does that rule still apply?
Tiana Lowe writes at the Washington Examiner:
Chipman has publicly defended and justified the Waco raid.
“I worked for the government for 25 years, and I understand how trust in government has been harmed,” Chipman wrote in response to a question on Reddit about Waco’s ramifications on public trust. “Please remember, however, that it was agents on the ground who let the public know the truth about these incidents when some sought to cover-up inconvenient truths.”
In that same thread, Chipman lied that “cult members used 2 .50 caliber Barretts [sic] to shoot down two Texas Air National Guard helicopters.” In reality, none of the helicopters — again, secured thanks to government officials’ lies about a meth lab — were successfully shot down.
Last night, Tucker Carlson called Chipman a zealot. It’s a good choice of words.
The Senate should not confirm this man to head the ATF. This is a no-brainer.
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