Anti-gun Lobby Push Biden to Lean On Senators for Chipman Confirmation

Anti-gun lobbying groups are reportedly pressuring the White House to twist the arms of Senate Democrats to confirm David Chipman to head the ATF. But opposition is increasing and it may derail the gun control advocate’s confirmation. (Screen snip, YouTube, Sen. Mike Lee)

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- Politico is reporting that “gun violence survivors and activists are going public with their long-simmering private frustrations, saying President Joe Biden could have done more” to push for confirmation of gun control advocate David Chipman as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as opposition to the nominee increases.

In recent Senate floor remarks, Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan called Chipman “another extreme activist, this time against the Second Amendment and Second Amendment rights,” according to mustreadalaska.com. Sullivan argued that his Senate colleagues would not support Chipman’s nomination if they believe the Second Amendment is as important as other tenets of the Bill of Rights.

Anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety lobbying group has been filling email Inboxes with this message: “Getting David Chipman confirmed is crucial to stopping the rise in violent crime and enforcing our gun laws. As a decorated law enforcement officer with 30 years of experience combating violent crime and a former senior adviser to Mayors Against Illegal Guns, he is the right person for the job and will be committed on day one to ending the country’s gun violence crisis.”

Everytown calls Chipman “a gun safety expert.” Everytown disguises itself as a “gun safety organization,” too, and the media goes along with that.

According to Politico, Igor Volsky, executive director of Guns Down America, a gun control lobbying group, declared, “The White House has really dropped the ball here and if Chipman is not confirmed that will be a significant letdown to survivors of gun violence across the country — and will have the effect of undermining their effort to reduce gun homicides… Biden told us during the campaign trail that this is a priority and the administration insists that he is in charge of driving this issue. He needs to step on the accelerator.”

But a Biden campaign pledge may not be worth much according to the results of a new survey by Rasmussen Reports. Only 30 percent of likely voters in that survey “say Biden has kept his campaign promises more than most presidents.” That’s against the 41 percent who say he hasn’t.

As revealed by Rasmussen, “Voters had a higher opinion of former President Donald Trump in this regard.”

So the push is on to get more energy from the Oval Office to strongarm Democrat senators into supporting Chipman’s nomination. But the opposition is getting stiffer as well. A letter sent to Sen. Dick Durbin, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Sen. Charles Grassley, ranking member on that committee, by seven retired ATF employees offers an inside perspective on Chipman’s background that will be difficult to ignore.

In the letter, signed by retired agents Tim Buns, Mike Meadows, Larry Luckey, Pamela Potaczek, Gregory Alvarez and retired investigators Wadene Musgrave and Judith Bender, it is clear in the first paragraph that Chipman is “the wrong man for the job.”

The seven retired agents also said this: “David’s strong personal beliefs on firearms issues will create serious and long-lasting problems for the Bureau and the effective execution of its law enforcement mission. We relied on effective partnerships with industry, stakeholders, and other law enforcement agencies to execute our missions. Unfortunately, if David were confirmed, ATF partners would see someone who is coming to the agency with his top priority being to implement a divisive gun control agenda. The suspicion and hostility his leadership will bring will destroy those partnerships, and the prosecution of gun crimes and other violent crimes, will suffer.”

Writing at National Review, author and fellow at National Review Institute Kevin Williamson, was blunt: “The Senate should reject Joe Biden’s nomination of David Chipman to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.”

The essay goes downhill from there.

“Chipman is an activist,” Williamson asserts, “but the ATF needs an administrator. Chipman would raise the temperature of the gun-control debate, when precisely the opposite is needed. Chipman has shown poor judgment — from engaging in racially tinged office politics to allowing himself to be used as an instrument of public relations by a Beijing-run propaganda program — and the ATF, of all federal agencies, has had more than enough of poor judgment over the years.”

Here’s something to consider: If Durbin and the Democrats thought they had the votes to confirm Chipman, it would have already happened.

Main Senator Angus King, who caucuses with the Democrats, appears to be a “No” vote. Sen. Joe Manchin may be another negative, though that cannot be confirmed.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki whined to Politico that Republicans have closed “in lockstep” against Chipman, but that’s what Republicans should be doing, according to grassroots rights activists. Democrats do that all the time on various issues, but apparently Psaki believes that’s somehow different.

Williamson summarized the situation with Democrats and Chipman succinctly when he observed in closing, “But, in any case, we wrote down the Bill of Rights for a reason. If the Democrats want to repeal the Second Amendment, then there is a process for that. Good luck.

“Until such a time as that might come to pass,” he added, “the agenda of the gun-control movement is mostly off the table thanks to the Bill of Rights. And installing a gun-control activist in an administrative position in order to try to warp the bureaucracy into pursuing political goals that are either politically impossible for Congress or impermissible under the Bill of Rights is very bad governance.”


About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

Dave Workman

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RJL
RJL
1 month ago

Nazi, No…

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago

“We tried to fire Wayne in ’97. Workman turned coat to block the reform 32-33.”
Crickets Chirping, Dave. Chirp…Chirp…Chirp….
https://www.ammoland.com/2019/07/shit-storm-todays-nra-heads-need-to-roll/#comment-2765008

nobodyuknow
nobodyuknow
1 month ago

P*** on Biden and the anti-gun lobby! Chipman is nothing but a communist SLUG!!! Chipman should NOT EVEN be allowed in the ATFE offices, let alone run it!!!

hoss
hoss
1 month ago

I guess I’m not aware of how the ATF can be part of the treasury department. Just what dies the treasury dept. have to do with guns? Seems to me this should not be allowed, no way, no how, in any shape, and form!

APG member
APG member
1 month ago
Reply to  hoss

It was part of the treasury because (this unconstitutional agency) was sold to republicans and the general public as merely a tax collection agency; pass the background check, you get your FFL license and pay the tax.


Last edited 1 month ago by APG member
Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago

“We tried to fire Wayne LaPierre in ’97. Director Dave Workman turned coat to block the reform, 32-33.”

https://www.ammoland.com/2019/07/shit-storm-todays-nra-heads-need-to-roll/#comment-2765008

Last edited 1 month ago by Russn8r
Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago

“I too served [as an NRA Director] in that era, and had forgotten about Workman’s duplicity.”

https://www.ammoland.com/2019/07/shit-storm-todays-nra-heads-need-to-roll/#comment-2766267

Last edited 1 month ago by Russn8r
Knute
Knute
1 month ago
Reply to  Russn8r

Now even quoting ammoland is disallowed at ammoland.

Tank
Tank
1 month ago
Reply to  Knute

I’d call that a clue.
Clown World

Knute
Knute
1 month ago
Reply to  Russn8r

Reminds me of last week when Dr Mercola was forced to take his entire website down for quoting the CDC! Quoting official sources? DISALLOWED!

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  Knute

Figures. Who’s Mercola’s provider? If he’s using google or GoNaddy he asked for it.

Knute
Knute
1 month ago
Reply to  Russn8r

I say: “was forced” because he did it voluntarily after a huge rash of death threats… which, co-incidentally OFC, the authorities refused to investigate.
Quite credible threats including pictures of his dwelling.
I also am heavily censored now, even here. If I vanish, know that I will have been shadowbanned, exactly as at TTAG a few years ago when they were bought by W.O.M.
I will probably make a few more posts under a new moniker using TOR to change my ISP, just as I did there. I will be “Voldimort”, AKA: He who cannot be named! 🙂

Knute
Knute
1 month ago
Reply to  Russn8r

Nope. Reply disallowed. Watch for Voldimort… coming soon

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  Knute

Reply disallowed? Good grief.

Boz
Boz
1 month ago

If Biden wants to Iean, he can Iean out the window of a 20-story building.

American Cynic
American Cynic
1 month ago

That bunch of miserable anti-American anti-Gun lobbyists can go to hell. For a bunch of people pushing for more freedoms for criminals, and fewer freedoms for law abiding American citizens; we have a special place in hell. But I will say this… But for a handful of conservatives loyal to the Constitution, and representative of their Right wing constituents; Republicans are self-serving politicians no less than the Democrats. There are a handful of Senators (19 and counting), that cannot be trusted to honor the very reason they ran and were elected as Republicans. At this time in our nation state,… Read more »

willyd
willyd
1 month ago

These clowns are all parts that want to take down our republic and want nothing but hold their hands out for FREEBIES, WHO IN THE HEL_ IS GOING TO SUPPORT THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of coarse this is what the libs want, almost time to clean house!!!!!!!!!!

Tank
Tank
1 month ago

Clown Circus world unfolding like a WWE Wrestling match. NWO Twin Towers vs. Randy Savage & Hulk Hogan. Constantly playing two opposing sides while transforming the composition of appointees & population dependency. Emotional brained thinkers Amygdala Hi-Jack vs. Cortex of rational thought constantly under seige.

PAF145
PAF145
1 month ago

Because the left wants to burn churches and murder women and children
And this punk knows how its done

Last edited 1 month ago by PAF145
Shotgun505
Shotgun505
1 month ago

When are Americans going to say enough! The gun control group can go to another country. This one is all filled up with folks who have no interest in giving up our rights. It’s time to “talk” to these idiots over the sight of a rifle barrel. Real simple Shall not be Infringed.

Tank
Tank
1 month ago
Reply to  Shotgun505

That crystallizing moment when the cathartic epiphany you describe has yet to be defined or determined.

That which you allow is what will continue.

Henry Bowman
Henry Bowman
1 month ago

So Ammoland lets spammers post, but censors (bans) Ammoland commenters. This may be my last post, assuming they’re targeting me. I see all my comments are “automatically flagged for review”…
So I guess this is goodbye, It was good knowing y’alls!

Tank
Tank
1 month ago
Reply to  Henry Bowman

Yep seen it here & many other places. ZH, SGT. Report. The deck of cards in this house of cards is stacked.

Sometimes just not replying is the best because even when confronted with facts/truth entreating & imploring research & reading the cognitive dissonance of EGO vs. shills/trolls who aren’t there to read or research is beyond obvious on the IoT playing field.

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  Henry Bowman

May be mine too. The current and former JBTs, chatroom commandos, and their sock puppets, are on a campaign to downvote everything I post and try to have me banned, like some locals only surf-punk spot. Actually they’d be doing me a favor. Time is money.

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  Henry Bowman

What do you know, my reply is “Awaiting for approval”. Adios!

Henry Bowman
Henry Bowman
1 month ago
Reply to  Russn8r

I survived, still here for now.

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  Henry Bowman

My reply to a moderator on another page is “Awaiting for approval” (sic). If not approved, it’s a blessing: On to far more productive, profitable, agreeable uses of my time than dealing with thinly veiled threats of foul-mouth thug ex-cops, shills for RINOs like Abbott, and tiger talking agents provocateur poisoning the AmmoLand well, calling for folks to shoot cops in the head. If that’s what AmmoLand wants, that’s what AmmoLand gets.

Tank
Tank
1 month ago
Reply to  Henry Bowman

It’s building like a Magnum Opus crescendo just like a conductor who orchestrates a cacophony of chaos.

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago

“We tried to fire Wayne in ’97. Workman turned coat to block the reform 32-33.”

Dave helped end the NRA!

https://www.ammoland.com/2019/07/shit-storm-todays-nra-heads-need-to-roll/#comment-2765008

Last edited 1 month ago by Russn8r
Green Mtn. Boy
Green Mtn. Boy
1 month ago

The Buffoon hits up the senators with hi I’m a imbecilic idiot and I would like you to vote for the racist Scumbag I put forward,Ah Ya,that will be persuasive.

Knute
Knute
1 month ago
Reply to  Green Mtn. Boy

It might not be very persuasive, but it will likely get through the filters without waiting for the next month like my non PC comments. Bloomberg’s bribes strike again. Even here.