Questionable Remarks Posted to Social Media By Biden’s Nominee for ATF Director on Waco Siege, Assault Rifles Surface

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President Joe Biden is expected to nominate David Chipman to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, firearms and Explosives at an event where he will sign a series of gun control executive orders. Chipman, a former ATF special agent, may come under some fire during the confirmation process due to several questionable remarks he posted on social media site Reddit about the 1993 Waco Siege. He has also called for a ban on the manufacture and sale of assault rifles.

The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross reports the comments were made to bolster his calls for tighter restrictions on “so-called” assault rifles.

In one Reddit post, Chipman wrote: “At Waco, cult members used 2 .50 caliber Barretts to shoot down two Texas Air National Guard helicopters. Point, it is true we are fortunate they are not used in crime more often. The victims of drug lords in Mexico are not so lucky. America plays a role in fueling the violence south of the border.”

Ross located a House report on Waco and found that, although members of Branch Davidian shot at three government helicopters and damaged them, “none were shot down, and no federal agents were injured.”

Combing through Chipman’s comments, Ross found one which said he supports a ban on the “future production and sale” of assault rifles. Chipman wrote: “It has been estimated that there are around 15 million assault rifles currently in circulation. I believe we should ban the future production and sale to civilians and afford current owners of these firearms the ability to license these particularly guns with ATF under the National Firearms Act.”

Chipman also wrote, “I believe all gun sales should be limited to licensed gun stores where a background check and paperwork is required.”

One of the most surprising facts about this candidate is that he sometimes carries a gun himself. In one entry, Chipman wrote: “For the general public, seeing a gun out in public is a little frightening. To me, living in fear is a harm that we should avoid. When I carry I make sure it’s concealed. I’m not trying to make some statement.”

Chipman currently serves as an adviser to the gun control organization founded by former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat. Giffords, was shot and very seriously wounded during a 2011 campaign event during which 19 people were injured.

According to CNN, Chipman “has a long history at the agency and sports credentials in gun control advocacy sure to excite firearm safety groups.” He is a “fierce advocate for gun control.”

Politico wrote that it may not be easy to confirm Chipman or any nominee for that matter with a 50-50 Senate. They point out that ever since the ATF Director position became Senate-confirmed, the agency has had “mostly acting directors.” The exception was Todd Jones who was confirmed “in 2013 after a years-long stint as acting director.”

White House Press Secretary Confirms Biden Will Be Signing Executive Orders on Gun Control

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Asked by a reporter during Friday’s White House briefing if we should be expecting executive orders from the President on gun measures, Press Secretary Jennifer Psaki very matter-of-factly replied, “Yes.”

“I can’t give you an exact time frame in part, because they have to go through a review process, which is something that we do from here,” she said.

“I will note that when we, when the president was the vice president in the Obama-Biden administration, he helped put in place twenty three executive actions to combat gun violence. It’s one of the levers that we can use, that any federal government, any president can use, to help address the prevalence of gun violence and address community safety around the country,” Psaki added.

The renewed focus on gun control comes in the wake of the mass shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, and Boulder, Colorado.

According to the New York Post’s Steven Nelson, “the White House is considering orders to require background checks for “ghost guns” that can be manufactured at home without serial numbers and a requirement that local cops be notified if someone fails an FBI background check to buy a gun from a registered dealer, according to recent reports.”

Neither of these actions would have prevented the bloodshed in Atlanta or in Boulder. Both shooters passed background checks.

Because of a stubborn thing called the Second Amendment, Biden cannot issue an executive order to ban gun sales.

In the case District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court “ruled that individuals have a right to keep and bear arms, unconnected with service in a militia, for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.”

Biden also called on Congress to pass gun control legislation. According to a report from KIRO 7, Biden told reporters, “I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future. And to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act. We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again.”

Unless Democrats find a way to eliminate the filibuster, it’s unlikely any meaningful gun control action could pass the 50-50 Senate.