Biden’s nominee to lead ATF pushes conspiracy theory about Waco siege, wants to ban “assault rifles”

WASHINGTON, D.C.– David Chipman, the expected nominee President Joe Biden is expected to nominate to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), is a gun control activist who claimed that members of the Branch Davidian section shot down two helicopters during a standoff with federal agents in Waco in 1993. 

Chipman posted the comments as part of a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” event in 2020. He also reportedly called for tighter gun control measures, including restricting gun sales only to licensed gun stores and a ban on the manufacture and sale of “assault rifles.”

Biden announced his nomination of Chipman on Thursday, April 8th, during an event addressing a series of  where he will also lay out a executive orders aimed at reducing gun violence. Chipman spent 25 years as a special agent for the ATF.

Now, he works with former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in an effort to save lives from gun violence. He serves as a senior policy advisor to Giffords who was nearly killed after be shot by a gunman at a campaign event back in 2011.

Chipman, who posted a photograph on the Reddit thread confirming his identity, commented on the Waco siege in response to a question from a participant who asked whether any crimes have been committed with a .50 caliber Barrett rifle, which can be accurate up to thousands of feet from its target. 

In his response, 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.”

While the Branch Davidians did reportedly shoot at and damage a trio if helicopters that were flown over their compound, none were actually shot down and no federal agents were injured during the incident.

A House report of an investigation into the siege that was released on August 2, 1996 stated:

“Although all three helicopters sustained damage from weapons fire, none of the National Guard crews or ATF aboard were injured.”

According to reports, four ATF agents and 82 Branch Davidians died during a 51-day standoff, which ended when the religious group’s compound was burned to the ground after an FBI team tried to rescue children inside the building.

Twenty-five children died in the compound. The House report said that federal agents used the helicopters in an attempt to distract Branch Davidian members while the rescue team tried to gain entry to the compound. The report stated that the helicopters flew within 350 feet of the building.

Chipman called for other stringent restrictions on gun purchases, while acknowledging that he carries a concealed firearm himself. In the “Ask Me Anything” thread, he said:

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

He then stated that he supports a ban on production and sales of assault rifles. He said:

“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.”

He proceeded to discuss that while he supports those restrictions, he sometimes carries a concealed firearm. He 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 reportedly could not be reached for comment and the Giffords organization did not respond to the request seeking comment. 

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What Second Amendment? Psaki confirms that Biden intends to sign executive orders on gun control

March 28th, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.– On Friday, March 26th, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that President Joe Biden intends to sign executive orders on instituting increased gun control. 

In a response to a question on the subject during Friday’s press briefing, Psaki flatly stated:

“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 added:

“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.”

The new gun control push by Democrats follows the murders on Monday, March 22nd of 10 people at a Boulder, Colorado grocery store. The week prior, a gunman killed eight at an Atlanta-area massage parlor. 

Biden hinted at enacting gun reforms through executive action at his press conference on Thursday, March 25th, but he also stated he needed to “wait another minute” to first pursue other priorities, primarily his “Build Back Better” economic recovery package.

Reportedly, the New York Times stated that gun control advocates felt betrayed by Biden’s comments during his press conference. Brady: United Against Gun Violence Vice President Marsha Fields said in a statement:

“I’m disappointed he has the nerve and audacity to say he’s going to do things in sequential order. It’s out of order to have to bury your child. It’s out of order to be shopping for eggs and to have your life disrupted.”

According to recent reports, 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.

However, the reported orders under consideration are not necessarily applicable to the recent mass shootings.

Suspected Atlanta gunman, 21-year-old Robert Long, reportedly bought a semi-automatic firearm from a dealer after passing a background check on the day of the killings.

Suspected Boulder gunman Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, also 21-years-old, bought a Ruger AR0556 pistol after passing a background check six days before the supermarket massacre. On Tuesday, March 23rd, Biden called for gun control legislation.

However, significant reforms are unlikely to pass the evenly divided Senate where 60 votes generally are needed to pass bills. Just this month alone, 35 Senate Democrats introduced legislation to ban “assault weapons,” including popular semi-automatic guns such as AR-15 style rifles.

These proposed legislations are not likely to pass as bipartisan legislation previously failed to expand mandatory background checks to cover private gun transfers among non-dealers.

Reuters reported that Biden is also looking to take action on 3D printer guns and imported firearms. Biden said in a statement:

“We’re looking at what kind of authority I have relative to imported weapons as well as whether or not I have the authority.”

He added:

“These new weapons that are being made by 3D equipment that aren’t registered as guns at all. There may be some latitude there as well.”

Biden is urging the Senate to approve two bills passed by the Democratic-led House of Representatives on March 11th that would broaden background checks on gun buyers. Biden also called for a national ban on “assault-style” weapons, which previously expired back in 2004.

On Wednesday, March 24th, Psaki objected to the notion of President Biden potentially eliminating or altering the Second Amendment if Congress fails to pass “common sense” gun control reforms. She said in a statement:

“No one is talking about overturning or changing the Second Amendment. What our focus is on is putting in place common sense measures that will make our community safer, make families safer, make kids safer.”

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Report: Most of Biden’s ‘gun control’ policies already in place in CA, which has seen a string of mass shootings

February 2nd, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The state of California has many of the most prominent aspects of President Joe Biden’s gun control plan, yet the state has been plagued by a steady flow of mass shootings. 

According to AWR Hawkins, an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the string of California mass shootings in 2019 led the Mercury News to ask, “Does gun control work?”

Back in November 2019, California saw three mass shootings in four days and four within three weeks. 

Two of Biden’s chief gun control proposals are universal background checks and an “assault weapons” ban. UC Davis noted that California adopted “comprehensive background check” policies back in 1991.

Southern California Public Radio reported that the state’s “Robert-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act of 1989 became law on January 1, 1990.” Hawkins noted:

“Democrats such as Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) described universal background checks as the ‘North Star’ for gun controllers; the crème de la crème of all gun controls.”

Hawkins added that similar talk is heard about “assault weapon” bans, as Democrats employ “weapons of war” phraseology in an effort to convince Americans to give up entire categories of guns.

In both cases, Americans are promised that the implementation of such controls will “keep them safer.” According to Hawkins, these promises flow especially free after a highly publicized mass shooting. 

Everytown for Gun Safety’s Rob Wilcox now focuses on the word “safety” when talking about Biden’s intent to secure universal background checks. He told The Hill:

“A Biden presidency is the gun lobby’s worst nightmare, but it’s a dream come true for anyone who case about gun safety in America.”

Biden’s platform includes banning the sale of “assault weapons” and high capacity magazines and requiring background checks for all gun sales. Gun safety advocacy groups have praised his platform as one of the “toughest of any presidential candidate.”

Nico Bocour, governmental affairs director for gun reform advocacy group Giffords, predicts that America will see some gun reform measures within Biden’s first 100 days in office. Bocour said:

“We believe that, you know, within the first 100 days, there is going to be a background checks bill that you will see passed. There is widespread support for universal background checks, this is something that the public has shown tremendous amount of support for over the years and that support is increasing.”

However, Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, predicts that Biden’s platform will drive more people to buy guns simply out of fear. He said:

“If suddenly they said well you’re not going to be able to buy more cereal while everybody would run out and clean out all the cereal out of the stores, and get theirs before it disappeared.”

He added:

“Same thing with guns, every time they threatened to take them away people decide it’s time to buy one and those that have one decide maybe to buy another one.”

However, Hawkins asked:

“But, what has happened in California, where universal background checks and an “assault weapons” ban have been the law of the land for 30 years?”

Below is a short look at just a few of the high profile California shootings during the past decade:

ABC7 reported that “seven people were killed and three were wounded when a 43-year-old former student opened fire at Oikos University in Oakland, California,” on April 2, 2021;

22-year-old Elliot Roger, “killed six people and wounded 13 in a shooting and stabbing attacks in the area near the University of California, Santa Barbara,” on May 13, 2014;

Breitbart News highlighted that Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik opened fire in a San Bernardino, California, Health Department Christmas party on December 2, 2015, killing 14 people;

The Associated Press wrote that 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad shot and killed three people in downtown Fresno, California, on April 18, 2017;

ABC7 noted that 38-year-old Jimmy Lam “opened fire inside a San Francisco package facility, killing three people and injuring several others,” on June 14, 2017;

12 people were killed when a gunman opened fire inside the Borderlin Bar & Grill, in Thousand Oaks, California, on November 7, 2018;

Breitbart News covered a shooting that left three killed and 12 injured on July 28, 2019, at the Gilroy, California Garlic Festival;

The New York Times reported an October 31, 2019 shooting that left five dead in Orinda, California and;

On November 18, 2019, the Guardian ran a column title “Ten Dead After California Sees Three Mass Shootings in Four Days.” Those shootings included the Santa Clarita shooting at Saugus High School and the killing of four individuals during a “family party” in Fresno.

The above-listed shootings and various others occurred despite California’s universal background checks and an “assault weapons” ban. Yet, Democrats continue to push such checks and such bans as a means to keep America safe.

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Hawkins: Biden’s ‘war on guns’ may soon include a national gun registry – and that’s only the beginning

January 26th, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — Critics of President Joe Biden’s gun control plan do not like it and fear he will create a national firearms registry, which will record the serial number of each gun an owner has and include his or her name and address in the government’s file.

Awr Hawkins is a political analyst and columnist who focuses on Second Amendment issues. In a column he wrote for Breitbart, Hawkins said he believed that Biden would add more restrictive measures for gun ownership.

For example, Hawkins noted that universal background checks have been performed on potential U.S. gun owners since 1993, but he said Biden wants to expand them to include private gun sales. On Biden’s campaign website, it states:

“Require background checks for all gun sales. Today, an estimated 1 in 5 firearms are sold or transferred without a background check.

“Biden will enact universal background check legislation, requiring a background check for all gun sales with very limited exceptions, such as gifts between close family members.

“This will close the so-called ‘gun show and online sales loophole’ that the Obama-Biden Administration narrowed, but which cannot be fully closed by executive action alone.”

Hawkins suggests this expansion of background checks would prepare for the creation of a national firearms registry on each citizen:

“Background checks for retail gun sales have been in place in the United States since 1993. When Biden talks about universal checks he is intimating an expansion of those checks, so as to cover private gun sales well.

“In other words, every gun sale, even between lifelong neighbors or decades old co-workers, will require a background check.

“Now, how can the government know that guns are not being sold on the side, apart from the background checks?

“The only way to know is to put a registration process in place whereby the government keeps a record of the serial number of every gun Americans currently possess, as well as the name and address of the citizen who possesses it.

“To put it another way, the government has to know where every gun is at all times in order to ensure that firearms do not change hands without a background check.”

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The Obama administration used the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School to push for new gun controls, including a firearms registry. Three weeks later, National Institute of Justice Deputy Director Greg Ridgeway submitted his “Summary of Select Firearm Violence Prevention Strategies” on Jan. 4, 2013.

In his report, Ridgeway pushed for monitoring of gun owners and the creation of a national gun registry:

“Universal checks are insufficient for ensuring that firearm owners remain eligible. Convictions, mental health issues, and restraining orders can develop after the background checks.”

Ridgeway noted most states do not have a registry of firearm ownership and that it would be a “challenge” to implement new restrictions:

“Currently NICS background checks are destroyed within 24 hours. Some states maintain registration of all firearms. Gun registration aims to 1) increase owner responsibility by directly connecting an owner with a gun, 2) improve law enforcement’s ability to retrieve guns from owners prohibited from possessing firearms.

“Gun registration also allows for the monitoring of multiple gun purchases in a short period of time.”

Hawkins also noted that Biden wants to limit gun purchases by citizens to only one per month. Biden’s campaign website states:

“Reduce stockpiling of weapons. In order to reduce the stockpiling of firearms, Biden supports legislation restricting the number of firearms an individual may purchase per month to one.”

There is disagreement on the constitutionality of requiring firearms registration. Don Kilmer, an attorney in San Jose, California, told BPR News:

Registration is probably not unconstitutional. There’s a difference between registration as a permissible regulation and registration as good policy.”

Kilmer has sued counties in the state for denying otherwise law-abiding citizens permits to carry concealed firearms, according to BPR News.

In the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Second Amendment case D.C. v. Heller, the late Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the majority opinion that registration may be constitutional:

“Reasonable restrictions also might be thought consistent with a ‘well regulated militia.’ The registration of firearms gives the government information as to how many people would be armed for militia service if called up.”

Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon pointed out that Biden will make gun ownership very expensive:

“Biden wants to ban new sales of AR-15 rifles and similar firearms as well as any ammunition magazine holding more than 10 rounds—sizes that come standard on most modern rifles and handguns.

“He would pay some owners to surrender the affected guns they legally own and force everyone else to register the guns under the National Firearms Act. The proposal would require owners to pay a $200 tax stamp for each item.”

Revenue from gun owners would mean billions of dollars for the government, according to Gutowski:

“American gun owners could face tens of billions of dollars in new taxes to keep the guns they already own under Democrat Joe Biden’s gun ban and tax plan.

“At least 20 million rifles and 150 million ammunition magazines would be caught up in the sales ban and registration scheme Biden touted on the campaign trail, according to a National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) report. The new taxes would cost Americans more than $34 billion.”

Kim Kelly wrote in The Washington Post that Biden’s gun control plan was terrible for working class gun owners:

“Regardless of one’s opinion on guns and gun control, it is obvious that this proposal will disproportionately impact poor and working-class communities.

“Those within those communities who already own firearms would be robbed of their ability to protect themselves and their loved ones, while their wealthier counterparts would skate by on their ready piles of cash.

“Stephen Paddock perpetrated one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history and could afford dozens of high-powered weapons and a plush Las Vegas hotel suite; this plan would have no effect on someone like him.

“In effect, Biden’s plan sets in motion a ‘war on guns,’ the same way his predecessors declared wars on ‘poverty,’ ‘crime’ and ‘terror’ — wars in which it was inevitably black and brown people who were the real targets.”

Kelly also noted:

“Though acknowledging the fact may be uncomfortable for Biden, millions of people in this country own firearms, and not all of them fit into the stereotype of the right-wing gun nut.

“Armed community defense is a timeworn activist tradition that has once again entered the spotlight as the Black Lives Matter movement has continued to build across the nation.”

Kelly also said community defenders and working people want to protect themselves from others who may threaten them:

“Whether anyone ‘needs’ an AR-15 is besides the point; simply put, heavily armed right-wing militia members have threatened protesters, and others on the right have even shot at them.

“With that in mind, some folks don’t want to be left empty-handed when self-proclaimed white supremacists or other right-wing extremists come marching into their community.

“And it is those community defenders and other regular working people who will bear the brunt of this proposed legislative switch.”

According to Kelly, Biden’s plan is not equitable and falls into a long line of government efforts to disarm the working class while keeping things open for the privileged who can afford whatever legal curveballs are tossed their way.

As an example, she references Mark McCloskey, the lawyer who brandished his AR-15 at Black Lives Matter protesters as they walked past his St. Louis mansion last year. Kelly said wealthy people like him would be able to pay “whatever fees Biden throws at them” and still hold onto as many weapons as they like:

“But territorial weekend warriors who feel no accountability to the community, and show little regard for gun safety, are exactly the kind of people who shouldn’t have guns.

“By contrast, leftist community firearm clubs invest serious time into training and safety education, carefully vet their memberships and work arm-in-arm with the marginalized communities they are invited to protect.

“And yet under Biden’s plan, the former are who will be able to afford to hold onto as much firepower as they so desire, while the people they want to hurt will be left high and dry.

“Simply depriving poorer people access to firearms will not rectify the structural issues such as poverty, inequality and lack of economic mobility that are correlated with gun violence.”

Kelly says to the dismay of firearm enthusiasts on the left, Biden is coming for some people’s guns, but that it is a question of who gets to keep them and who gets theirs confiscated: She notes:

“Gun sales have already skyrocketed during the ongoing coronavirus crisis, and political tensions throughout the country are incredibly high.

“This divisive plan will do little to curb gun violence, and will instead hammer home the vast inequalities still dividing this nation.”


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