David Chipman is the right choice for ATF

David Chipman, President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Chipman has been the subject of a critical National Rifle Association advertising campaign because of his views on gun control. It’s a sad commentary on American public life when a morally, if not fiscally , bankrupt organization like the — an outfit run by an assemblage of dodgy, self-enriching schemers — can still wield significant influence on public policy. But that is where we are in America. The NRA has mounted an advertising effort against David Chipman, President Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The National Shooting Sports Foundation , the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, also opposes Chipman’s confirmation and has launched an ad campaign of its own. The ads themselves are aimed at pressuring Democrats like Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Jon Tester of Montana, and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, along with Angus King , independent of Maine, not to support Chipman. The particular criticisms they level against Chipman are that the former longtime ATF agent supports a ban on military-style assault rifles as well as limits on high-capacity magazines, and that he is currently in the employ of Giffords , the organization started by former congresswoman Gabby Giffords to advance gun safety after she was badly wounded in a mass shooting a decade ago. It is hardly outlandish to support a ban on assault-style weapons — the U nited States had […]

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