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May 27, 2021

I’ve pointed out many times over the years that the strongest proponents of gun control laws seem to know the least about guns. They’ve found their ultimate representative in David Chipman, President Biden’s nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. His Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday at times looked more like a shoot to create video for future NRA commercials.

For instance, he wants to ban “assault weapons,” but couldn’t define what one was (to be fair, nobody can: that’s a nebulous term created by gun control advocates, and many of the characteristics they list for an “assault weapon” are actually cosmetic or safety features.)

Chipman also admitted he wants to ban the AR-15, the most popular rifle in America, even though a letter from 21 state Attorneys General urging Biden to withdraw Chipman’s nomination points out that the AR-15 is used in fewer murders than “sharp objects.”

Then there was this bizarre moment, about the alleged threat of violent crime by law-abiding gun owners.

Chipman conceded that most gun owners are law-abiding but said someone may buy a gun legally, then go on to do something illegal with it. But if that’s the criteria, then we should probably ban cars, too. Most career criminals, such as drug gang members, prefer to get black market guns that aren’t traceable and don’t require a background check.

And when they use those guns, you should hope and pray that there’s a law-abiding gun owner close at hand.

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  • Patrick Canan

    05/29/2021 08:07 AM

    We lose something around 14,000/year to gun homicides, but I rarely learn of the shooter being stopped by a civilian shooting back. Am I missing something, or does this heroic scenario emerge largely from the imagination?

  • Rob Davis

    05/27/2021 09:44 PM

    They wont be getting my guns. my rights come from God and they have no right to take them, and i will fight viciously to keep them.

  • Roger Horner

    05/27/2021 06:54 PM

    When will common sense ever begin to sink in? Gun control. All guns sitting on a shelf, in a drawer, in a gun cabinet or a locked safe are under control until someone picks up that gun. Then it’s human controlled. There lies the problem, the human. His/her mindset dictates the outcome of their actions when they possess a gun. The gun is not in control of the person. Maybe, just maybe, it’s time to look at the real issue.