In an official announcement on Monday, President Joe Biden formally withdrew his candidacy for David Chipman to serve as the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), citing a lack of support among Democrats for his candidate.
In addition to suggesting that the Secret Service did not need to use guns, Chipman supported banning semi-automatic rifles, telling first-time gun owners to only use their firearms “if the zombies start appearing,” stating that he was open to allowing some convicted felons to have their gun rights restored, and making dubious claims about the CIA. Not to mention Chipman was also an advocate for the death penalty which is a big no-no with the liberal types.
He’s been accused of being prejudiced towards black ATF agents, allegedly stating that they could not have passed a test to become Assistant Special Agent in Charge without cheating, and of withholding information from lawmakers.
President Biden has officially withdrawn David Chipman as ATF nominee. pic.twitter.com/p2ezvT9dKA
— Anders Hagstrom (@Hagstrom_Anders) September 13, 2021
As recently as May, a bipartisan group of House members sent a letter to Senator Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expressing their opposition to Chipman’s candidacy, stating that Chipman’s “beliefs and hostile attitude toward the rights of gun owners are well documented.”
“Throughout his career, David Chipman has made it no secret that he is an enemy of the 2nd Amendment,” the letter said. “In October 2018, Chipman argued in favor of subjecting all AR-15s and potentially all semi-automatic rifles to regulation under the National Firearms Act. As a former agent of the ATF, Chipman knows all too well that such action would effectively ban the most popular rifle in America as well as most other items regulated under the National Firearms Act.”
“Legal firearm ownership and integrity go hand-in-hand, and President Biden should not nominate anyone to lead the ATF who has repeatedly lied to further their own gun control agenda,” the letter continued. “As recently as 2019, Chipman was trying to mislead the public on the basic facts of firearm ownership. When discussing firearm suppressors, he claimed, ‘The gun does not sound gun-like. It takes the edge out of the tone … this is how I would describe it: It makes a gun sort of sound like a nail gun.’ This is widely known to be false.”
“When participating in an online ‘ask me anything’ forum discussion, Chipman published historical falsehoods to empower his advocacy for gun control,” the letter continued. “For instance, he stated, ‘At Waco, cult members used two .50 caliber Barretts to shoot down two Texas Air National Guard helicopters. Point, it is true we are fortunate they are not used in crime more often. The victims of drug lords in Mexico are not so lucky. America plays a role in fueling the violence south of the border.’ Needless to say, no helicopters were shot down at Waco. On the other hand, the Waco operation-in which Chipman had a role-resulted in the deaths of at least 76 people, including 25 children.”
The letter concluded by saying that Chipman was jeopardizing American’s constitutional rights and could possibly “reshape the landscape” of firearm ownership for generations, adding that he would “use every tool at his disposal to attack American gun owners.”