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Someone Call the Waaaaambulance for 2A-Hater David Chipman!



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Over the last year, we here at Guns & Gadgets Daily (and our sister publication, Freedom’s Lodge) have had a great deal of fun mocking Biden’s failed nominee for director of the ATF. You might think that, given the fact that the adjective “failed” will always be attached to the word “nominee,” we’d have had enough of it. But it seems that Chipman hasn’t had enough and would like some more. (We’ll get to the part about how his mother is a hamster and his father smelt of elderberries eventually.) He recently gave an interview with CBS News that should put paid to any lingering doubts you may have had about whether or not we were too hard on him. Today’s bulletin comes to us from NSSF’s inimitable Larry Keane. Top up that mug full of Chipman tears and enjoy!


By Larry Keane

David Chipman is proving – again – why he was never fit to be Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Chipman spoke with CBS News claiming the firearm industry, “profits by gun violence itself,” and that U.S. senators that doomed his nomination are complicit in allowing criminal activity to continue. “To oppose me must mean that you’re not for preventing gun violence.” Chipman claimed, without a shred of proof, that the firearm industry sells guns to criminals and, “the reality is in much of America it’s easier to buy a gun than a beer.”

That’s patently untrue, since beer sales don’t require FBI background checks. It’s more than that though. Chipman smeared the firearm industry, describing it as complicit in crime. He claimed that fear of regulation was the impetus behind the firearm industry’s opposition to his nomination.

“The fear is, it’s going to be harder for people who sell guns to sell guns absent any accountability from profiting from selling to criminals and terrorists,” Chipman claimed. “The reality is in much of America, it’s easier to buy a gun than a beer.”

The Truth

The allegation is as disgusting as it is false. Firearms are lawfully made and sold through an FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) verification. They are only sold to those who pass that check – lawful gun owners. Prohibited individuals such as convicted felons, the dangerously mentally ill and domestic violence offenders don’t pass those checks.

A point-of-purchase background check was an industry concept that predated the Brady Act. It was NSSF that led the charge to improve the background checks so they work as Congress intended. Through FixNICS®, NSSF changed the law in 16 states and in Congress to get all disqualifying records, like adjudicated mental health and convictions, submitted. That’s resulted in a 270 percent increase since 2013 from 1.7 million records then to over 6.14 million today. That’s not all. The firearm industry has for over two decades partnered with ATF in the Don’t Lie for the Other GuyTM campaign to prevent illegal straw purchases of firearms. NSSF also partners with ATF in Operation Secure Store® to improve security at firearm retailers to deter thefts and burglaries by criminals. As part of this effort, NSSF matches ATF reward offers to lead to the arrest and conviction of criminals and the recovery of stolen guns before they can be criminally misused. The firearm industry, through Project ChildSafe®, has partnered with 15,000 law enforcement agencies all across America to distribute over 40 million free firearm safety kits with locking devices so firearms are properly secured when not in use. The firearm industry also partners with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to have a brave conversation about suicide to prevent the tragedy of suicide.

Those are Real Solutions®.

The Lies

Chipman’s arrogance and narcissism was on full display during this CBS interview. His demonstrably false lies about the firearm industry exposed it.

“I have, from 25 years as an ATF agent, and largely for ten years after that, committed myself to one thing: preventing gun violence in this country,” Chipman told “CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell.

That’s a false choice and Chipman knows it. Chipman never garnered support of all 50 Democrat senators or the usual law enforcement agencies that would endorse an ATF nominee.

“The resistance I met… senators like King in Maine was, ‘I’m concerned you will not play nice with the gun industry that you regulate.’ And that was shocking to me.” Chipman accused Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) and the other senators who did not support his nomination of not being opposed to gun violence?

In fact, Michael Sullivan, a former U.S. Attorney and ATF Acting Director, wrote that Chipman’s gun control agenda would harm the ATF. So did several other ATF agents. According to Chipman, his former colleagues are in favor of gun violence.

There were other reasons not all 50 Democratic senators weren’t lining up to vote to confirm Chipman. Norah O’Donnell never bothered to ask Chipman to back up his wild allegations. Nor did she question Chipman about credible allegations that he made derogatory comments about African-American ATF agents who scored well on advancement exams. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) demanded information regarding the allegations from the Department of Justice, but Chipman’s nomination was yanked instead.

More Lies

Chipman also mislead CBS to believe the firearm industry doesn’t want a confirmed director. That’s false. The fact is NSSF has never opposed a nominee until Chipman and has actually supported all nominees for the position to come out of Senate Judiciary Committee. First was Michael Sullivan, nominated by President George W. Bush, and later B. Todd Jones, nominated by President Barack Obama. Jones was confirmed to the position by the Senate. NSSF also supported the nomination of Chuck Canterbury by President Donald Trump. The firearm industry believes strongly that ATF needs – we want – a qualified, unbiased Senate confirmed director.

Chipman proved in this interview – again – why he was never qualified for job of ATF Director. He continues to lie, telling any reporter willing to let him rehabilitate his shattered veneer of a benevolent law enforcement professional from what America truly saw. Chipman is, has been and always will be, an advocate for gun control who would have used the ATF as a cudgel against the industry that provides the means for Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

The problem with Chipman’s nomination was Chipman. In this interview, he made that case against his own nomination better than the industry ever could.

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  1. Bemused Berserker

    November 1, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    Those of us who’ve been involved in 2A Advocacy knew with Chipdickhead’s nominee announcement, it would be an uphill battle from the start. Dementia Joe couldn’t see that his naked partisanship oh Dickchiphead, would unify the 2A groups and ignite such a passionate grassroots effort. Emperor Joe the Demented seriously underestimated the response they received.

    Headchipdick is a worthless POS. Then again, I can’t think of a single of “My Butt’s Been Wiped” Biden’s nominees that are anywhere close to being competent.

  2. Zed Noone

    November 1, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    Here is a question for anyone using the term “gun violence” who is against firearms: I always correct them with ‘you mean violence, don’t you?’ when they say, “no, I mean gun violence!” I ask ‘why are you only concerned with murders committed with the use of a gun? ‘
    Please think about this. We never hear from the Oh So Compassionate Left about murders committed any other way, with any other implement.! This is a question that stuns them speechless and they usually spit out that you cannot commit mass murder using a gun. I usually answer with ‘Timothy McVeigh and 9/11. Diesel and Fertilizer, Airplanes. No guns. Not one!
    The truth is, the Left couldn’t care less about any number of deaths. They only care about taking your guns for political reasons!
    I would like to see this question used by defenders of the 2nd Amendment in debate. I would like to see it go viral. I personally never use ‘gun violent’ except to illustrate this point, because that is what the Left wants use to do: not pick apart their terminology.

  3. Tim Toroian

    November 1, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Other people more than adequately covered the politics of the situation so I’ll just a pacifier should be thrown in for him.

  4. Steven J wangrud

    November 1, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Apparently he totally forgot about the Biden administration leaving behind almost a hundred BILLION DOLLARS of weapons of WAR in Afghanistan. to create lots of gun violence. Just food for thought Mr. Chipman

  5. Alan

    November 1, 2021 at 11:45 am

    The very minute we are required to undergo a FBI background check to purchase Beer or Whiskey is the very minute the next revolution will start . Jokes aside I suppose the democrats also failed their history exams about how well the alcohol prohibition worked.(It completely failed) The same will hold true for any mandatory gun registrations or turn in your guns laws they pass. Those that forget the mistakes of history are condemned to repeate them. Glad Chippman’s true colors were exposed! Hopefully someone fair and honest can be found to run the ATF.

  6. JonsOn

    November 1, 2021 at 10:39 am

    I am so glad that Merrick Garland is not on the supreme court and too I am glad that Chipman is not the director of the ATF. However, like Garland as AG it’s still possible that this lying, anti-2nd amendment pile of donkey dung may still snake his way into the Biden administration in some way. After all, the snakes cover for other snakes and the Biden admin has more snakes in it than any administration before it.

  7. Swave n deBoner

    November 1, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Lying, cheating & stealing IS the Democrat way & Chipman is a Leftist, America hating, Constitution violating Democrat through & through.

  8. OldConservativeGuy

    November 1, 2021 at 10:07 am

    If he really believes that the gang members that are shooting each other in our major cities every day are BUYING the guns they use, he is even more stupid than I thought.

  9. David Folsom

    November 1, 2021 at 10:05 am

    ““The reality is in much of America, it’s easier to buy a gun than a beer.”
    And in too many places in America, it is easier to vote than to buy beer!
    More evidence coming out tomorrow- Richmond, Charlottesville, and fairfax county

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