Senate Republicans have done a terrible job of opposing and defeating the nominations of radical Leftists for positions in the Joe Biden administration. But so far, they have stayed
together in opposition to one of Biden’s worst picks – David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF).
David Chipman’s full confirmation vote is yet to be held in large measure because there are questions about whether he can do the job given his past as a hardcore anti-gun activist.
However, as our friend Matt Vespa explained in an article for Townhall and Stephen Gutowski of The Reload detailed in a lengthy article, there’s a lot more about “Waco Dave” Chipman that should disqualify him to run any federal agency.
From Gutowski’s article for The Reload:
Multiple ATF sources back up the existence of a complaint alleging President Biden’s nominee to lead ATF, David Chipman, made racist comments during his previous stint at the agency.
The agents, who have decades of experience at the agency, told The Reload they heard the accusation that Chipman denigrated black ATF agents up for promotion. The officials said they heard about Chipman’s alleged comments before they were referenced in a recent lawsuit seeking the release of the complaint.
“He made some comments that he was surprised by the number of African Americans who have made it onto a specific promotional list,” a current ATF official told The Reload. “So, his insinuation was that they had to have cheated. Which is kind of despicable.”
A former ATF agent who worked directly with Chipman said he heard the same story.
“That one had to do with what’s called the assessment center, which would be to get promoted,’ the former agent told The Reload. “Somebody would have had to file a complaint against him if he were a supervisor making those statements.”
The current ATF official said the allegation ended his time in Detroit.
“He left Detroit because of that,” he said. “He did not leave Detroit on the best of terms. His reputation was that he was not nice to people.”
They said Chipman’s reputation for being an anti-gun activist, earned after years of working for some of the most prominent gun-control groups in the country, would impact how closely licensed gun dealers are willing to work with the agency. And that could hinder its ability to put away gun traffickers.
The former and current ATF officials who asked to have their identities withheld said they also worried about reprisals if Chipman is confirmed.
“The concern with him is he’s got a reputation for being a bully,” the current official said. “And he also has a pretty well-founded reputation for being an activist when it comes to gun control.”
Chipman is also outside of the norm for an ATF agent, they said. ATF employees, especially field agents, tend to be gun enthusiasts themselves, and most view their job as stopping violent crime rather than instituting restrictive gun-control measures.
“The reality is we have a bad reputation,’ the current agent said. “And part of it is because it helps to drum up membership in certain organizations that think the boogie man is coming to get you guys. I get it. We all get it. I’ve been doing this for over 20 years. Almost every agent I’ve ever worked with is pretty apolitical. They take great pride in not being hyper-partisan. So, he’s the exact opposite of what most of us are. And he’s one of only two ATF agents I’ve ever met in my entire life who I perceived to be anti-gun. Most of them are actually quite fond of firearms; they’re just not fond of firearms in the hands of violent criminals. But he has shown a propensity to be anti-gun.”
As Matt Vespa explained, “All three issues seem incredibly problematic to running a law enforcement agency. The Biden administration wants someone competent, according to their parameters, to run the ATF. This guy seems to be the exact opposite of that candidate. Not having credibility with the rank-and-file with this agency is bad enough, but the racism allegations could nuke this nomination.”
We have opposed David Chipman’s nomination from the beginning, and were happy to join nearly 100 leaders of the conservative movement and a united Second Amendment community to oppose the nomination of Chipman to be the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
In a letter to Senators the leaders of some of the conservative movement’s most high-profile organizations said David Chipman is a gun control extremist whose views on firearms and the Second Amendment are wildly out of step with constitutional interpretation and widely held social norms. It is clear that Chipman intends to use the position as Director of the ATF to further an aggressive anti-gun agenda, rather than implement the law as written.
In addition to the criticisms leveled by CAP, our take is David Chipman was evasive and dishonest during his confirmation hearing, so imagine how responsive he will be to Congress should he be confirmed. These credible allegations of racism outlined and documented by Stephen Gutowski tell us Chipman has no business running any federal agency. We urge every CHQ reader and friend to use the Capitol’s toll-free switchboard (1-866-220-0044) to call your Senators and let them know that based on his testimony at his confirmation hearing and the now credible allegations of racism, David Chipman lacks the candor and integrity to serve as Director of the ATF.
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