Conservatives are winning on the issue of gun rights despite a Democrat-controlled presidency, House of Representatives, and Senate.
As it turns out, it’s not all that easy to strip Americans of their Second Amendment right to bear arms that “shall not be infringed,” as the U.S. Constitution puts it.
Joe Biden is expected to withdraw his highly unpopular nominee to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), David Chipman, amid bipartisan opposition to his appointment, according to reports.
Chipman has been despised by gun-toting Americans who value their gun rights after he repeatedly showed blatant disregard for the Second Amendment.
Here’s a quote from the former ATF nominee that gives insight into his stance on gun control.
“I had to train repeatedly to be proficient in the use of a gun and most of the new buyers who went to their gun store and bought a gun have no training whatsoever, in their mind they might be confident. They might think that they’re die-hard ready to go. But unfortunately they’re more like Tiger King and they’re putting themselves and their families in danger.”
Chipman said in April, when he was tapped to lead the ATF, that the Second Amendment requires guns to be “well regulated.”
“The Second Amendment envisions firearms as being ‘well regulated,’ and individual sheriffs aren’t entitled to decide whether a particular regulation is constitutional—that’s the job of the courts,” Chipman wrote in an op-ed for The Roanoke Times.
Chipman’s despicable comments leave no questions as to why the Biden administration is pivoting away from his approach to guns.
Because of his opposition to ensuring Americans’ freedom to own firearms, at least three moderate Democrat senators refused to confirm whether they would vote to confirm him.
According to The Hill, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va), Jon Tester (D-Mont), and Angus King (I-Maine), will not commit to confirming Chipman, which puts a damper on Biden’s plans.
Without those senators in the sharply divided Senate that has 51 Democrats, 47 Republicans, and 2 Independents, Chipman would likely not be confirmed.
Although it may be wishful thinking, perhaps Biden will instead choose someone who is pro-guns to lead the ATF if even Democrats agree that progressive gun control policies are not the way.