Biden Considering Another Anti-gun Nominee for ATF Directorship

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U.S.A.-( Joe Biden is considering nominating another staunch anti-gunner to head the ATF, according to POLITICO, even though millions of angry American gun owners helped scuttle Biden’s first choice, David Chipman, because of Chipman’s long history of anti-gun advocacy.

Several sources allegedly told the online news site Biden will choose Steve Dettelbach, the former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Dettelbach, a Democrat, ran unsuccessfully for Ohio Attorney General in 2018, losing to Republican Dave Yost. Dettelbach was endorsed by Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Everytown for Gun Safety.

“Dettelbach is running on a platform that includes strengthening enforcement of gun safety laws in Ohio, and he supports closing the background check loophole and keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. His opponent, Dave Yost, is endorsed by the NRA,” Everytown announced in a 2018 press release. “Everytown is all-in on the midterm elections and gun violence survivors and volunteers with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will be knocking on doors and making calls to elect Dettelbach and other gun sense candidates.”

During his campaign for AG, Dettelbach called for reinstating the failed “assault weapon” ban and for universal background checks. He opposed Yost’s plan to arm teachers and school staff who had prior military or law enforcement experience. “I think this is a politician’s plan quite frankly I mean it doesn’t protect people in any meaningful way it’s more than a day late and much more than a dollar short,” Dettelbach told WOSU.

Twitter History

Unlike Chipman, who locked his Twitter account before his nomination process, Dettelbach’s Twitter account is still active. While his tweets are cautious, about what you’d expect from a candidate running for statewide office, Dettelbach clearly expresses frustration over mass murders and the lack of his ability to “do something” about “gun violence.”

On Feb. 1, 2019, Dettelbach tweeted support for a speech by U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman, who addressed crime in Cleveland. “Herdman: Focusing on firearms violence is key,” Dettelbach tweeted.

On Aug. 4, 2019, Dettelbach tweeted a link to a CNN story about a mass shooter in Dayton, Ohio who had opened fire in the city’s nightclub district killing nine people.

“May G-d help all those who are suffering and bless those who responded. But what will WE do here on earth to stop this madness? We must not accept mass murder as the new normal. I sure don’t,” Dettelbach tweeted.

On Jan. 20, 2020, Dettelbach retweeted a tweet from Sandy Hook Promise, which stated: “Sign our petition demanding action to prevent school shootings.”

On Aug. 4, 2019, Dettelbach retweeted a statement from the El Paso sheriff about a mass murder in that border city.

“Read this statement from the El Paso Sherriff. He is rightfully enraged. Who allows madmen such easy access to firearms? Who armed a madman with enough hate that he would kill people just because they were Hispanic? Those people must also be held accountable,” Dettelbach tweeted.

On April 28. 2019, Dettelbach tweeted about a shooting at a San Diego synagogue, which occurred six months after the Tree of Life synagogue shooting and killed one and injured three.

“My heart breaks for all who were terrorized by this senseless hate crime. #TreeofLife was only 6 months ago and now the #PassoverShooting! When are we going to DO something to stop this? WHEN! — 1 killed, 3 injured in synagogue shooting near San Diego,” Dettelbach tweeted.

On Sept. 6, 2018, Dettelbach tweeted, “I want to extend my deepest condolences to those who lost their loved ones in the act of violence that took place in Cincinnati today. We are grateful to our first responders for protecting the lives of so many others and mourn the lives lost today due to senseless gun violence.”

Dettelbach’s tweets also indicate strong support for all major democratic issues and candidates, including Vice President Kamala Harris, Black Lives Matter, restructuring police, and indicting President Donald Trump.


Dettelbach’s nomination should be of extreme concern for gun owners. If he is confirmed as ATF director, he could “do something” about “gun violence” that would infringe upon our right to keep and bear arms.

Dettelbach, like Biden’s first choice to run ATF, is staunchly anti-gun. We cannot allow Biden to give another anti-gun zealot the means to further erode our God-given, Second Amendment rights.

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About Lee Williams

Lee Williams, who is also known as “The Gun Writer,” is the chief editor of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project. Until recently, he was also an editor for a daily newspaper in Florida. Before becoming an editor, Lee was an investigative reporter at newspapers in three states and a U.S. Territory. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter.

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Joe Biden proved during his visit with Obama this week he does not have handle on reality. He looked like a lost old man who forgot that he still works for Obama and therein lies the danger for our country.


What they don’t say is those that are commiting these mass shootings are weak minded Democratic Idealists.

Wild Bill

Bingo!! Weak minded and democrat might be a little repetitive, but still you are in the X-ring, brother!!!

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Green Mtn. Boy

As the agency is un Constitutional to begin with it needs no director or agents,Disband it and honor the Constitution .


Brandon trying to appoint another Marxist domestic terrorist to fill a position in our government . Time to desolve the alphabet soup agencies as they are corrupt and have been compromised. Even the secret service has went down this rabbit hole . We need to totally clean DC out and eliminate all the trash .


Has anyone noticed yet that it’s always the democrats that seem to have spies working for them or for fellow bed partners? Doesn’t that make anyone suspicious of what the party is doing or who they really are? Wouldn’t that be reflected in the people they appoint to different positions of power in our country and who or what they would control? Just asking because I can’t fathom how someone on the intelligence committee could not have had knowledge of who he was bedding. If our intelligence is that bad, then even the words intelligence committee is an oxymoron that… Read more »


wall it off make it a prison leave con gress there


There has never been a pro-gun nominee much less a pro-2A nominee and there never will be.

Gene Ralno

He’s a lawyer and most politicians are lawyers. They get paid to argue their issues. All we get is “awaiting moderation” or some such bs.


Same cycles of overreach tyranny via long train of usurpations & abuses under color & authority of law repeating until the Overlords WINNOW it down to get the GubMINT they want or the Proles become conscious on the animal farm. 

Using a proven & known corrupt system to investigate itself makes a lot of sense right ? Lol 

All Animals are equal. Some animals are more equal than others.

‘The State is the Coldest of all the Cold Monsters. Everything it has it has stolen from the people.”


“But what will WE do here on earth to stop this madness?”


Pick the bad guys up and put them in prison?

Worth a try, no?


how many government people can you arrest?

Gene Ralno

Dettelbach is just another shyster who would disarm the people and howl about the peril they face.