Letter: Maggie Hassan should vote against anti-gun ATF nominee

Letter: Maggie Hassan should vote against anti-gun ATF nominee

Aug. 11 – To the Editor: Senator Maggie Hassan is about to kick 6,500 of her fellow citizens in the teeth. In the very near future, the US Senate will vote on the confirmation of David Chipman for Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives [ATF]. As recently reported by the NH Journal, Hassan is planning to support the nomination regardless of the impact to the many NH businesses and employees impacted by the decision. David Chipman is an outspoken advocate for “gun violence prevention”, as is Senator Hassan. While preventing gun violence sounds like a cause that all good people can support, it doesn’t mean what most people think it means. When liberals like Chipman and Hassan talk about “reducing gun violence” they are not advocating consistent enforcement of existing gun laws, of which we already have plenty, nor are they seeking better policing in places overrun with gang-related gun violence such as Chicago and Detroit, where most gun violence is concentrated. Instead of enforcing current laws, they are interested in additional prohibitions that only restrict those who are law abiding. One of the areas where they manipulate the data is by including suicide in their “violence” numbers. Suicide is tragic, but guns are not the root the problem with suicide, mental health is. To liberals, “reducing gun violence” is shorthand for “reducing gun ownership” and eliminating new gun production. Just who is Chipman and what does his prior experience look like? Look at his […]

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