President Biden has had little trouble getting even his most controversial nominees confirmed. Democrats, including Montana Senator Jon Tester, have all voted in unison. Only Neera Tanden, Biden’s pick to head his budget office, faced bipartisan opposition. But with David Chipman’s nomination to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives possibly being determined by a single vote, Senator Tester continues to refuse to say how he will vote.
Chipman, like Biden’s judicial nominees, is a radical gun control supporter. Yet, Tester appears to not want to upset national Democrats and is waiting until his vote no longer matters.
Opponents claim Chipman lied to Congress and discriminated against black ATF recruits. But American gun owners ought to also be most concerned about being regulated by a former lobbyist for Michael Bloomberg’s and Gabbie Gifford’s gun control organizations.
Moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who has consistently supported Biden’s other nominees, opposes Chipman because he’s made statements that “demean law-abiding gun owners.” All first-time gun owners, said Chipman, are “putting themselves and their families in danger.” For those that still decide to buy a gun, Chipman recommends that they “hide it behind the cans of tuna and beef jerky that you have stored in the cabinet and only bring that out if the Zombies start to appear.”