Biden’s ATF Nominee Garnering Support Among Senate Dems

Biden’s ATF Nominee Garnering Support Among Senate Dems
Biden’s ATF Nominee Garnering Support Among Senate Dems

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- Like his first choice, Joe Biden’s second choice to lead the ATF can’t define an “assault weapon” either.

Former U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach testified Wednesday he would leave it to Congress to define an “assault weapon,” even though during his unsuccessful 2018 run for Ohio Attorney General Dettelbach called for an “assault weapon” ban, restrictions on standard-capacity magazines, universal background checks and Red Flag laws.

“When I was a candidate for office, I did talk about restrictions on assault weapons,” Dettelbach told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. “I did not define the term, and I haven’t gone through the process of defining that term. That would only be for the Congress if it chose to take that up.”

His non-answer drew a stinging rebuke from Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican and staunch Second Amendment supporter.

“I think it’s very telling that you’re nominated to lead the ATF and you don’t have a definition of assault weapon,” Cotton said. “The point is there is really no such thing as a category of weapons known as assault weapons. There are rifles, there are shotguns, there are pistols. They have properties, they have features, but there is no such thing as a category of assault weapon.”

The Biden-Harris administration is working overtly and covertly to get their second ATF pick confirmed. They do not want to face the public embarrassment that would follow if they lose yet another nominee.

Biden pressed the Senate to act quickly Wednesday as he was signing so-called police reform legislation, by conflating the mass murder that occurred the day before in Uvalde, Texas with Dettelbach’s nomination.

“The idea that an 18-year-old can walk into a store and buy weapons of war, designed and marketed to kill, is, I think, just wrong. It just violates common sense. Even the manufacturer – the inventor of that weapon thought that as well. You know, where is the backbone? Where is the courage to stand up to a very powerful lobby? But here is one modest step: The federal agency that measures and ensures that gun laws are enforced and the Second Amendment is abided by – the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the AFT (sic) – has not had a Senate confirmation leader for seven years because of these disputes,” Biden said Wednesday. For seven years, they’ve been out – without anyone in charge. I nominated a supremely qualified former prosecutor who has broad bipartisan support from law enforcement and the community overall. His hearing was held easier today – earlier today, I should say. The Senate should confirm him without delay, without excuse. Send the nomination to my desk.  It’s time for action.”

Biden was not the only administration official to conflate recent mass murders with Dettelbach’s nomination.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement Wednesday that “as we saw with the tragic shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo – where ATF agents have played a key role in the investigations – and with daily gun violence plaguing too many of our communities, now is the time to provide ATF the leadership it needs to redouble its work to enforce our gun laws and make our communities safer.”

Apparently, the pressure is paying off for the White House. Several Democrats who opposed Biden’s first choice for the vacant ATF directorship, David Chipman, said they may likely support Dettelbach.

Sen. Angus King, an Independent from Maine, told CNN Dettelbach’s attitude was better than Chipman’s, adding “This guys is the right guy.”

Senators Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Jon Tester (D-Montana) each said they had productive private meetings with Dettelbach, but were waiting until the hearings conclude before they announce their decisions. Both senators come from gun-friendly states and both publicly opposed Chipman’s nomination.

The White House will need the support of every Democratic senator, including moderates like Manchin and Tester, to confirm Dettelbach’s nomination.

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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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john

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Wild Bill

That is terrific!!

john

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Wild Bill

Man, you have the best jokes!

swmft

great since of hummer , a little old lady went for a tramp in the woods……he chased her all day

Wild Bill

That is funny! I’m stealing it!

swmft

the best and worst jokes are word plays ,they make you think
not the trash they call humor today still love Abbott and Costello

Last edited 30 days ago by swmft
john

Nice to see others joking around

john

We all could use little laughter a smile works wonders we must never forget nice is alway better. There is enough evil to go around

Bless all those who served and all those that so many lost
John

GomeznSA

I’ve noted before that the current nominee is potentially MORE dangerous than the previous one. I say this because he is not nearly as flamboyant and less polarizing as that previous nominee was (and still is since he has gone back to his gun grabbing outfit).
I will also point out yet again – ANY person nominated for such a position that cannot (or will not) exercise the duties to the office they aspire based on law and the Constitution instead of their ‘feelings’ or the whims of their party should never be confirmed. Period.

Wild Bill

 Hell of a job, marxist socialist democrat party.  You’ve managed to bring back the 1918 pandemic, the 1929 depression, the 1968 race riots and the 1973 gas prices – all at the same time. And now a George III type gun confiscator.

john

Amazing how 8 years of Obama took its toll, Have nice weekend

john

Joe biden walked in on Hunter and his friends vaccinating themselves in Joe basement. I am proud of your son maybe I can get this on tonights news. “As long as Biden is president, Republicans can simply be the resistance party. But at some point, a political party has to lead. As far as I can tell, Republicans don’t have a proactive agenda—in part because they haven’t been forced to come up with a coherent program and get the rest of their house in order” “Instead, for reasons that have little to do with deserving power, they are poised to take back… Read more »

Russn8r

Hunter and Quid Pro Joe
Wondered how far they could go.
Why settle for millions
When they could get billions
From all of the ChiComs they blow?

Last edited 1 month ago by Russn8r
john

The war in the Ukraine again why is Zelensky still alive whey did Nancy Pelosi and a host of democrats go to give Zelensky a medal. Not too hard to find if your want to take over that country. Democrats laundering money 40 billion most likely a whole lot more through a war torn country. The clean up of documents that would destroy all democrats and the whole Biden family who have made over a billion as a family out of the Ukraine. Many others have done the same under Obama. No doubt China is in on this as refugees… Read more »

Wild Bill

How unusual, all eyes are Uvalde while the marxist socialists sneak Dettelback through the nomination process.

john

Why are you surprised while we slept the democrats were hard at work removing our freedoms. What is worse the republicans continue their vacation from working hard to win in Nov 2022

Just saying

Wild Bill

I am surprised because the marxists needed a miracle, and they got one.

Ope

I’m just wondering if the marxists/socialists have started creating their own miracles ? Buffalo a week later Uvalde ?

Wild Bill

The shooter died before he could be interviewed. So that loose end was tied up.

Ope

When that happens I alway think about Ruby killing Oswald.

Wild Bill

Yeah, also suspicious.

john

That was a long time ago now they are killing children There is far more at work than most understand.

john

Yes they did and we are watching our economy begin to fail as Americans struggle with the high cost of inflation and durable goods. I say it again if the food chain has a bump in the night the monkeys in the intercity zoos will rampage and that will bring the democrats dream come true Martial law nationwide. The pandemic told them it was possible to get Americans to stay put without resistance while they watch those groups riot loot and burn with no intervention from law abiding citizens. The great experiment brought to you by communist china and the… Read more »

hippybiker

From what I understand from this mopes published Bio, he is of the Jewish faith. If he is a practicing, Religious, Jew, he should be totally against gun control! If he favors gun control, he does not understand history!

Wild Bill

That is funny! What is a mopes?

hippybiker

Sorry. Mope’s.

Wild Bill

Ok, what is a mope? You mean like a bad mood … mope around all day?

swmft

to get them to read back you need to put it in their in box, a lot of people dont read back without a bump, and I too am curious I think I get what he meant but not sure

swmft

@hippybiker guessing Marxist oppressor but what is your acronym

Wass

All you need to know about the definition of “assault weapon” is that the term was coined by Adolf Hitler, for a new, portable weapon for the Nazis, capable of full automatic fire and using a greater than pistol caliber cartridge. The English term is a direct translation of the German, “Sturmgewehr”. Any weapon less than the above is NOT an assault weapon, protestations to the contrary by anti-gunners, notwithstanding.

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GomeznSA

Wass – sorry but the term that adolf coined was ‘assault rifle’ (sturmgewehr) as you noted, not “assault weapon” – that term was coined by one kalypornia state type named Art Agnos circa the mid 70s. It didn’t come into general use until Josh Sugarmann started using it for the express purpose of confusing folks who don’t know anything about guns except for what they see in the movies. As indicated in the article “assault weapon” has no legal or military definition. Even the ’94 AWB did not define the term, relying on cosmetic features instead of a hard definition.… Read more »

Wass

Subtleties? More like a distinction without a difference. Even in German, whether it’s called “Sturmgewehr” or “Sturmwaffe”, as it applies to guns, they mean the same.

john

Is anyone surprised that the democrats support the ATF Biden not making any of the decisions he is told what to say. A frail angry old man being used by his party to push the progressive movement forward.

Wild Bill

And when his mind declines too much or he dies, he will take all the blame with him, allowing the democrats and deep staters to escape justice.

john

Biden is just the messenger a face that the older democrats would support. He is a incompetent fool that is expendable.

swmft

there are enough of those in government to fill a small country

Wild Bill

That is brilliant! Which small country to send them to!?

willyd

CUBA!

GomeznSA

willyd – nah there are so many of them it might be enough to tip Cuba over. Oh wait, that ‘might’ not necessarily be a bad thing………..

2gats

Hell!

Wild Bill

You guys are both right!!

JSNMGC

“Biden’s ATF Nominee Garnering Support Among Senate Dems
 
I wonder why?
 
“The president of the Major County Sheriffs of America, Sheriff Dennis Lemma, sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee leaders to express his association’s support of Steve Dettelbach to lead the ATF.”

https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/22/politics/major-county-sheriffs-of-america-dettelbach/index.html

JSNMGC

“A U.S. Marine Corps veteran and graduate of the FBI Academy, Sheriff Lemma holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and master’s degree in administrative leadership.”

https://www.seminolesheriff.org/page.aspx?id=12

If anyone would like to thank Dennis for negating the work of thousands of people who are working against Steve Dettelbach’s confirmation:

Sheriff Dennis M. Lemma
 
(407) 665-6635