President Biden’s initial choice to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is revealing why he thinks the Senate torpedoed his nomination. In an interview with CBS News, David Chipman claimed his nomination was ultimately rescinded because senators did not care about preventing gun violence in the U.S.
Chipman told CBS Evening News, “I have, from 25 years as an ATF Agent, and largely for 10 years after that, committed myself to one thing: preventing gun violence in this country. To oppose me must mean that you’re not for preventing gun violence.”
“I’m a concealed carry owner in Virginia who swore an oath to our Constitution. And I don’t mean a desk job. I mean I was on the SWAT team. I was in dangerous and perilous situations all the time,” he continued.
Chipman then made the absurd claim that “the reality is in much of America it’s easier to buy a gun than a beer.”
Chipman’s nomination was eventually pulled by the White House after months of being in limbo. In addition to his extreme stance on gun control, Chipman’s nomination was hard to advocate for after The Reload reported he had official complaints filed against him when he was in the ATF by black agents, alleging “Chipman denigrated black ATF agents up for promotion.”