You and I have an opportunity right in front of us to stop the confirmation of anti-gun zealot David Chipman as head of the ATF.
President Biden clearly overstepped with the nomination of Chipman, who is by far the most anti-gun activist to even be considered for this role. But with just 51 votes needed to confirm, this is a battle that Campaign for Liberty will need to be well-equipped to win.
We need to flip just one Democrat to vote against the nomination to end this debacle and set back Joe Biden’s anti-gun agenda.
My staff and I have identified 8 targets in the Senate who need to hear very loudly that David Chipman should not be anywhere near a decision-making role when it comes to the Second Amendment and your right to defend your family and your home.
There are rumblings that this confirmation is anything but a done deal based on Chipman’s past.
Chipman’s words and actions for decades shows he’s out of step with our Republic, and putting him at the helm of the ATF would be disastrous.
I fear it would be history repeating itself with another Waco or Ruby Ridge type of tragedy under Chipman’s authority.
Even worse, in 2019, Chipman said he believes in “pre-crime” measures to stop people who may one day commit a crime, which turns our entire justice system on its head:
“While at ATF, I conducted studies involving people who failed background checks to determine how many later committed crimes with a gun, many did, this is a perfect opportunity to arrest people before committing crimes, rather than responding after the fact” -David Chipman
It appears that Chipman has been preparing to jail innocent Americans who are trying to purchase a firearm for a very long time, dating back to his previous stint at the ATF.
We must act quickly as the Chipman confirmation is likely to be voted on before the end of this month, which means pressuring our eight targets in the Senate starts immediately.
President Biden is too afraid to deliver the message that his administration wants to turn law-abiding gun owners into potential felons.
He’ll be thrilled to hand that job over to the gun grabbing David Chipman who cannot wait to come after the AR-15.
When Chipman worked for a Michael Bloomberg-funded gun control group, he said the AR-15, the most popular rifle in America, should be treated like a “machine gun” and banned completely.
When asked by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) about Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) bill to ban more than 2,000 different types of firearms, Chipman said it didn’t go far enough because it didn’t target law-abiding gun owners who have previously purchased those weapons.
Not only is David Chipman in favor of arresting people for pre-crime, but he also wants to retroactively go after gun owners who have weapons he doesn’t like!
Chipman isn’t trying to hide the fact he wants innocent and law-abiding Americans to give up their right to protect their families and their property, and put their names into another government database, while the criminals surely won’t comply with any of it.
Could Biden have made a more disturbing pick for the person to head up the ATF?
Chipman’s nomination has always signaled a level of desperation by President Biden to cater to the far-left’s rabid attacks on the Second Amendment.
That agenda, thus far in 2021, has been failing in Congress.
Biden’s radical gun control bills have been stalling at various stages of the process, but he thinks Chipman heading the ATF is an end-around on Congress.
Is there any doubt, based on Chipman’s own statements, that he would use the ATF to target specific guns for confiscation based on some kind of perceived “emergency?”
If his current statements about gun bans and pre-crime and his vitriol aimed at law-abiding gun owners isn’t enough, a look at Chipman’s history with the ATF is even worse!
While he was an agent for the ATF, Chipman was stationed in Waco, TX and participated in the aftermath of the assault on the Branch Davidian compound. After a 51-day standoff with the members of the compound in February of 1993, the compound was raided by a combination of federal agents from the FBI, ATF, and local law enforcement.
The Branch Davidians were suspected of possessing “illegal weapons.”
Chipman later claimed that the Branch Davidians had shot down helicopters with those weapons, a claim which was completely refuted by a U.S. House of Representatives’ report.
The end result after the standoff, teargassing, and gun fights instigated by the ATF was 4 dead federal agents and 78 members of the Branch Davidians, including 25 children who were killed in the fires that engulfed the compound.
After leaving the ATF, Chipman has gone on to positions with vicious gun-grabbing activist groups, showing his true colors.
He worked as a lobbyist for Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety and later as senior policy advisor at Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
In a truly outrageous conflict of interest, current U.S. Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ), whose wife is former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords of the Giffords Law Center, still employs Chipman!
Time is running out to stop this confirmation, so I’m urging you to take action immediately.
If Chipman is defeated, it will be another major setback to the gun grabbers and a big signal that even when being hit from all angles with attacks on the Second Amendment, you and I will not give an inch.
I know I can count on you to join me in this fight.