Biden Withdraws ATF Nominee Who Doesn’t Believe Right to Own a Gun Is Guaranteed by the Constitution


Joe Biden has been forced to withdraw his choice of David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives following revelations that he used racially discriminatory language in describing a black ATF agent. The fact that he doesn’t believe that the right to own a gun is guaranteed by the Second Amendment apparently wasn’t disqualifying enough. Chipman is a bona fide gun-grabber — a legitimate threat to American’s Second Amendment rights. He worked for the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence — an outfit notoriously hostile to private gun ownership. Biden should have chosen someone to lead the ATF who wanted to safeguard our rights, not destroy them. Chipman, who had a history of caustic comments about gun owners and worked for gun control groups for years after his career as an ATF agent, was staunchly opposed by Republicans. Chipman is the second major Biden nominee to be withdrawn. The president’s first choice for Office of Management and Budget director, Neera Tanden, went down in flames over some controversial tweets about Republicans. Republicans in the Senate were gleeful. Not everyone was overjoyed with Biden’s decision to withdraw Chipman.

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