U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “I’m … a proud gun owner who has sometimes been mischaracterized as a gun grabber, first in my career in service to my country and now as an advocate for gun safety,” Giffords Senior Policy Advisor and former ATF Special Agent David Chipman argues in a hit piece on Second Amendment Sanctuary City supporters at the Roanoke Times.
“This November I was proud to join millions of other voters who made gun violence prevention the defining issue of the 2019 elections,” he explained. “But this move towards gun safety also angered some fringe groups and activists and led them to embrace conspiracy theories and intimidation tactics that remind me of threats I heard while at ATF.”
Evidently, the belief that Virginia Democrats are on a gun-grab tear is tin foil hat material. Citizens who refuse to submit to infringements and who join together in “sanctuary” movements, that is, all the “green” areas, are “fringe groups.” And if you say you’ll defy the initiation of violence to confiscate your birthright entitlements, Chipman says you’re a “bully.”
How dare you “mischaracterize” him “as a gun grabber”!
“‘The Second Amendment envisions firearms as being ‘well regulated,’” Chipman continues, endeavoring to instruct.
No, it doesn’t. It envisions “the Militia of the several states” being that way after receiving that deliberately withheld support and oversight the Constitution says we're entitled to. There’s a huge difference, including its members, coming from “the whole people,” were expected to show up for training and duty armed with weaponry to take on professionals, that is, with what Giffords & Co. disparage as “weapons of war.”
Besides, who are local officials to decide what laws to obey? They “aren’t entitled to decide whether a particular regulation is constitutional,” Chipman insists. “That’s the job of the courts.”
Unless the Virginia sanctuary city is set up to house illegal aliens. Then it’s evidently a job for the Democrats. Hey, gotta expand that “pathway to citizenship” if we want to keep those “commonsense gun safety laws” coming, right?
And law enforcement personnel certainly do have the right to determine the lawfulness of orders they’re expected to carry out, especially since they all took an oath to obey the Constitution, and since the Nuremberg defense doesn’t cut it. Being an ATF careerist, perhaps it’s not fair expecting Mr. Chipman to know that. Case in point:
“Take extreme risk protection order laws,” he presses on. I half-expected him to follow up with the Henny Youngman punchline, “Please!”
Those “enjoy the broad support of 89% of Americans,” he assures us.
So, sentence first, verdict afterward? And it doesn’t matter how many have been swindled out of their birthrights and into believing that. At one time, not that long ago in the scheme of things, you’d have gotten a higher percentage to say the earth was the center of the universe. The major sources for forming opinions on guns are vested interest public indoctrina…uh, “education,” and the DSM, plus, guess who words the questions and selects respondents for polls that reach such preordained “conclusions.”
Chipman then goes on to stump for “background check” prior restraints that even the National Institute of Justice concludes “require[es] gun registration” to be effective. He says he wants to “close loopholes that let domestic abusers have guns,” somehow forgetting to mention that’s already law—he means accused domestic abusers but putting it that way might make some people ask questions. And he wants to dictate how many guns you can own, and what constitutes an “arsenal.”
Nope, no infringements there.
“By definition, these regulations don’t take guns away from responsible owners who follow the law,” Chipman declares, apparently (but not really) oblivious to the ludicrous irony of such an assertion. That means the state can pass whatever disarmament edicts it likes, and as long as you obey them, you’re being law-abiding.
But back to the sheriffs that he wants to smear:
“They claim they are patriots. They are not.”
Why, because some gun-grabber trying to pass himself off as “a proud and responsible gun owner” is being paid to say so?
“I am also permitted to carry a concealed handgun,” he asserts, conveniently not mentioning the fact that as a law enforcer, he’s covered nationwide by LEOSA. (Come to think of it, isn’t David Hogg’s retired FBI father, too?) So no wonder he’s “not afraid of lawmakers in Richmond passing laws to make it harder for criminals to get guns,” not that those laws actually do that. He’s an “Only One.”
“But I am angered to see sheriffs and community leaders using their positions to stoke fear and spread lies,” Chipman condemns. It’s curious he claims to put such a premium on the truth, not only with the carefully crafted misdirection he employed here but also in an earlier hit piece on semiautomatic rifles when he claimed they were the same gun he carried in the military.
By revealing he was “a member of the ATF SWAT team,” Chipman reveals he had more in common with Lon Horiuchi than those “responsible gun owners” he has no problem enforcing against. With his disdain for those who stand down on unlawful orders, it's reasonable to surmise he would have obediently and unquestioningly followed those rules of engagement.
Those standing up for the Second Amendment are the unpatriotic liars? Isn’t there a saying about pointing a finger at someone and having three pointing back at yourself?
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.