Since Joe Biden took office, many politicians around the country have questioned the new President’s cabinet picks. Republicans especially haven’t been happy with several nominees.
This includes Biden’s latest pick to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF): David Chipman. Biden and his team believe Chipman is the right man for the job.
But Attorney Generals from 20 states vehemently disagree.
Chipman has been with the agency for 25 years and is currently a policy advisor at Giffords, which is a gun-control advocacy group (courtesy NPR).
This fact alone is enough to rile right-wing individuals and those who strongly support the Second Amendment. But it doesn’t help that Chipman also has “extreme positions” on the subject.
This is what the 20 AGs are calling out in a letter to the Senate. They’re asking lawmakers to reject Chipman’s nomination, and perhaps for good reason.
The letter was sent to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Sens. Chuck Grassley and Dick Durbin.
It begins as follows:
The Second Amendment is the cornerstone of the Bill of Rights.
It guarantees our natural God-given right to defend our lives, our families, our property, and our freedom.
The confirmation of David Chipman to head the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) is an attack on that right and on the millions of law-abiding gun owners across the country.
The 20 AGs are led by Montana’s Austin Knudsen, who claims Chipman is “unfit” for the position.
In the past, Chipman has supported more 2A restrictions and regulations, which is why Republicans have a big problem with him leading an agency that directly handles Second Amendment issues.
Of course, Democrats like Biden’s selection.
A total of 17 Democrat AGs sent a similar letter, except it was in praise of Chipman — they all said he was “uniquely qualified” for the new role, and he would be a solid leader.
The problem is, the GOP recognizes the Biden administration’s strict stance on gun rights, and this feels like another attempt to hamstring the rights of citizens.
They consistently point to one fact: the Second Amendment holds the words, “shall not be infringed.”
And every time they see another gun control advocate entering a position of significant power, those who support the Constitution 100 percent get concerned.
After all, if we have to constantly battle to retain our rights, doesn’t it feel like our freedoms are slowly slipping away?
In this particular case, what happens if Democrats restrict 2A so much that it doesn’t even feel like a right anymore?
- 20 AGs sent a letter contesting Biden’s pick to lead the ATF.
- They claim nominee David Chipman is “unfit” for the position, and it’s “an attack” on the Second Amendment.
- Chipman currently holds a position with a gun control advocacy group.
Source: Fox News