Pavlich: Democrat senators must oppose Chipman’s ATF nomination
Ina attempt to bury President BidenJoe BidenEx-Biden Advisor says Birx told him she hoped the elections were “a certain way”. Cheney Tears Up Arizona Election Exam: “It’s An Attempt to Undermine Democracy” News leaders delve into the post-Trump era‘s dubious candidate to head the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck Schumer, It’s Not Just Manchin: No Electoral Mandate Blocks Democrats’ Left Agenda DOJ To Examine Trump-Era Legislature Summons Democrats Urge Barr, Sessions Witness Apple Data Submissions MORE (DN.Y.) and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Dick DurbinDick DurbinEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was unaware of a subpoena against Democrats: Trump DOJ report called for metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Overnight Defense: Pentagon describes military construction projects as 0.2B in funds to be restored | Biden Appoints Former Commanders To Lead The Navy | Bill wants to promote the visa program for Afghans who helped the US MORE (D-Ill.) Recently combined the confirmation hearing for David Chipman – a longtime gun control activist – with three other candidates for various positions within the federal government. This gave the senators only five minutes to question Chipman about his record and plans for the office.
Despite efforts to bury the nomination in the hopes that senators would wave him through, Chipman’s testimony was quite illuminating and heightened his concerns about his anti-Second Amendment.
“With regard to the AR-15, I support a ban as presented in a Senate draft and supported by the President,” said Chipman when asked whether he supported a ban on AR-15. “As ATF director, if I get vindicated, I would just enforce the laws on the books, and right now there is no such ban on these weapons.”
When asked what the definition of “assault weapon” was, Chipman stated that a wide range of jointly owned firearms would be prohibited.
“Any semi-automatic rifle that can hold a detachable magazine above the .22 caliber, including the .223 which is largely the AR-15 round,” Chipman said.
Chipman’s broad definition of “assault weapons” is unacceptable and based on activism, not the law or the data used to fight crime.
In addition, Chipman’s view has been thoroughly refuted by US District Judge Roger Benitez of the Southern District of California. Benitez recently declared the Golden State’s 30-year ban on modern sporting rifles unconstitutional.
“Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and home defense equipment. Suitable for both home and combat, the AR-15 is the type of versatile weapon that lies at the crossroads of the types of firearms that make up District of Columbia v. Heller are protected, ”wrote Benitez in his statement on the case. “Still, the State of California is making it a crime to own an AR15 rifle. Therefore, this court declares California laws unconstitutional. “
“This case is not about exceptional weapons that are at the outer limits of the protection of the second amendment. The forbidden “assault weapons” are not bazookas, howitzers or machine guns. These weapons are dangerous and only useful for military purposes. Instead, the firearms known as “assault weapons” are fairly common, popular, modern rifles. This is an average case for average weapons used in average ways for average purposes, ”he continued.
On the political front, a recent Cygnal poll of Chipman’s nomination in Arizona, Maine, West Virginia and Montana shows he is heavily opposed by a majority of likely voters.
“Chipman’s false claims about the ATF raid on Waco, the government’s support for the forceful shutdown of arms dealers during the pandemic, and the derisive words about first-time gun buyers all have a very negative response from voters. The majority of voters in West Virginia, Arizona, Maine and Montana are less likely to support Chipman’s nomination after hearing each of these statements, “Cygnal said of the latest polls on Chipman’s nomination.
“After hearing that President Biden has nominated David Chipman as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, also known as ATF. Chipman was a registered lobbyist for the two largest gun control groups in the country – Everytown for Gun Safety and its current employer, the Giffords Organization – likely voters are against David Chipman’s nomination. The opposition is peaking in West Virginia, ”continues Cygnal. “After hearing these facts about Chipman’s record, opposition to his nomination increases by 7-10% in every state. Majorities of voters in West Virginia (60%), Arizona (54%) and Montana (52%) strongly oppose his nomination, as did 48% of voters in Maine (56% overall are against). “
Arizona’s Democrat Sen. Mark KellyMark KellyArizona AG Mark Brnovich Launches Senate Challenge For Mark Kelly Arizona Democrats Launch Public Relations Efforts Before The Decisive Senate Race McGuire Reveals Campaign In The Arizona Senate MORE has a blatant conflict of interest here. Kelly is a co-founder of the Giffords gun control organization and the Giffords Law Center, which Chipman still employs as a senior policy advisor. As a U.S. Senator, Kelly has an obligation to his constituents who reject Chipman’s nomination and has a duty to vote against him. Arizona’s other Democratic Senator, Kyrsten cinemaKyrsten SinemaProgressives want to tighten the screws beyond Manchin and Sinema Why the Democrats need Joe Manchin Simmering tensions of the Democrats show signs of boiling over MORE, should do the same.
Over in West Virginia, Democratic senator. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinMaher pursues Manchin: “Most powerful Republican in the Senate” It’s not just Manchin: No electoral mandate blocks the Democrats’ left agenda Progressives want to tighten the screws beyond Manchin and Sinema MOREAlthough he is not affiliated with gun control organizations like Kelly, he must stand up for the rights of the second amendment of the people he represents in Washington. Montana Democratic Senator Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterProgressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema Antsy Democrats warn of infrastructure time constraints Non-partisan Senate group announces infrastructure deal MORE and Maine’s Independent Senator. Angus KingAngus KingProgressives wants to tighten the screws beyond Manchin and Sinema Senior Biden Cyber Candidates Sail Through Senate Hearing Pentagon Chief: Military Has Already Begun Operations Over The Horizon In Afghanistan MORE are no exception.
Chipman claims that as ATF director he would simply enforce the gun control laws enforced by Congress rather than enforcing his own views. When you consider that ATF has rules and regulations in place that literally turn lawful Americans into felons overnight, we know that statement is not true. As we have seen, very bad things happen when gun control zealots hold powerful positions in the ATF and the Justice Department. During Operation Fast and Furious from 2009-2010, ATF deliberately sold thousands of rifles to Mexican cartels and then used the foreseeable slaughter, including the assassination of Border Guard agent Brian Terry, to justify new gun control measures in the United States.
Only professionals willing to face the facts of crime soberly, with great respect for the Second Amendment, should ever be considered to direct ATF. Chipman is not that person.
Pavlich is the editor of Townhall.com and a contributor to Fox News.