White House Reverses Nomination for David Chipman

White House Reverses Nomination for David Chipman

(ReliableNews.org) – It’s no great secret what Joe Biden intended to do with Second Amendment rights once he assumed office. He promised to end America’s so-called “gun violence epidemic” while campaigning for president in 2020. Any remaining doubts about his intentions evaporated with his April nomination of gun-rights opponent David Chipman to serve as the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). However, it appears things didn’t turn out the way either of them had hoped.

On September 9, Fox News confirmed that Biden would withdraw Chipman’s nomination. The move didn’t come as a complete surprise considering his long-standing history of speaking out against the rights of gun owners.

For example, a group of alarmed former ATF agents recently sent a letter contesting Chipman’s nomination to the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee Dick Durbin (R-IL) and ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

They emphatically insisted that Chipman was “the wrong man for the job” based on their experience working with him when he served as an ATF agent a few years ago. They also questioned his temperament and experience, claiming that putting him in charge of the ATF would be akin to “asking a small business owner” to head up a “Fortune 500 company.”

Senator Grassley recently remarked that Chipman’s record as an “anti-Second Amendment” activist raised serious concerns about his ability to lead the agency. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell echoed that sentiment, adding that his nomination was absurd.”

With any luck, Biden will learn from this experience and find someone qualified to take over the AFT. Perhaps, he could ask Senators Durbin or Grassley. They seem to have a good handle on things.

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