Pro-Gun News has covered Biden’s nominee to lead the ATF, David Chipman, pretty extensively. From his deranged ramblings about his dream of arresting those who don’t pass his sick background checks, to how Democrats will likely assist him in this using the no-fly list, to his desire to use “hate speech” laws as a trojan horse for gun control, and most recently about even top Democrats being unsure about him being able to pass a confirmation vote.
Currently, the fate of Chipman lies in the hands of five Senators who are undecided.
U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Angus King (I-Maine), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) are the only ones yet to make their position known on Chipman.
Considering that those Democrats are in rather pro-gun states, Chipman has good reason to be worried. A vote to confirm him will certainly cause trouble for any of those Democrats when it comes to re-election. What will ultimately decide how they each vote is whether they are more concerned about Democrats’ taking them down in a primary election if they were to oppose Chipman, or losing in a general election due to a vote to confirm Chipman.
Democrats are lobbying hard to show that they will take them down if they oppose their anti-gun hero.
In the case of Chipman being confirmed, Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT) has filed a resolution to impeach the gun-grabbing zealot if he is confirmed. Currently, more than a dozen Republicans co-sponsor the measure.
“The people of the United States have an unquestioned right to keep and bear arms, enshrined in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which was reaffirmed by the Supreme Court of the United States in District of Columbia v. Heller,” the resolution reads. “David H. Chipman’s statements and employment history make clear that he does not support and defend the Constitutional right of Americans to keep and bear arms and intends to use his position as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to violate and abridge the Second Amendment rights of Americans.”
If he is able to be confirmed, the impeachment resolution won’t immediately mean anything. But if Republicans are able to win big in the 2022 midterm elections, it could become a very effective means of fighting back against the anti-gun agenda in Washington.
Regardless, a measure like this is a good chance to see where politicians stand on the issue. Ultimately, the fight will only truly be important when Republicans have control. But in the meantime, making their opposition known, and exposing Chipman for the anti-gun radical he is, is a positive thing.