President Biden’s decision to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives once mocked first-time gun buyers during the coronavirus pandemic in preparation for the zombie apocalypse, and even compared them to the “Tiger King”.
David Chipman’s remarks were revealed in a newly unearthed video from an April 2020 interview with Cheddar, in which he talked about how arms sales soared during the pandemic and how people had to take safety precautions.
“I understand the fear, I understand the worry. I have it myself, ”he said. “But we don’t want to make hasty decisions that endanger ourselves, our neighbors and our families more than actually protect them.”
Chipman, then senior policy advisor at the Giffords organization, which campaigns for gun control, said there were risks for people who buy firearms during the coronavirus because they had no education.
“They may think they’re tenacious and ready to go, but unfortunately they’re more like Tiger King and put themselves and their families in danger,” Chipman said, referring to Joe Exotic, the gun lover portrayed on the Netflix series “Tiger King.” “.
“What I would suggest: If you go out and buy a gun, I would lock that gun, locked and unloaded, and hide it behind the cans of tuna and beef jerky that you kept in the closet and just bring that out when the zombies show up, ”Chipman scoffed.
“I don’t think it’s you,” he continued.
Chipman, who previously worked for the ATF for two decades, was harshly criticized by Republicans during his hearing on the Senate Judiciary Committee last month for advocating gun control and resistance to offensive weapons.
“Many see hiring a dedicated gun control advocate like David Chipman for ATF like holding a tobacco manager responsible for the health department or an antifa for the Portland Police Department,” said Senator Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the senior Republican in committee.
The panel finally passed his nomination in a party vote.
A date for a Senate confirmation vote has not yet been set, but Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) Admitted that “there are many problems” with Chipman’s nomination.
With postal wires