Giffords’ Former ATF Agent: Americans Should Buy Deadbolts, Not Guns

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Giffords Law Center Senior Policy Advisor David Chipman (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

By Larry Keane

David Chipman was once a respected special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. That was before he decided to peddle gun control.

Now, he’s reduced to name calling and holding his breath until he turns blue. It’s all because America’s ignoring his Chicken Little “the sky is falling” admonitions of those who dare to not believe the gun control ideas he’s selling.

Sorry, Mr. Chipman.

During the past month hundreds of thousands of Americans went from indifferently listening to the gun control agenda to buying guns – to the tune of at least 2.3 million of them last month. Still, that doesn’t excuse his insults, slurs and mudslinging.

The spate in gun purchases pulled back the veil and revealed gun control zealots for who they really are. They aren’t for gun safety. They’re not for the “common-sense” laws they crowed about to adoring and accommodating media. They are really about denying law-abiding Americans their fundamental civil liberties.

They don’t want Americans to provide for their own safety, but would rather they live on the spoon-fed, fear-filled lies doled out by gun control groups in measured proportions, just enough to keep people kowtowed and doubting their own abilities to exercise safe and responsible firearms ownership.

Chipman, who is a Senior Policy Advisor for Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence, is spending more time than ever not fighting gun violence, but gun ownership. When the surge started in gun sales at the outset of the COVD-19 health crisis, Chipman dismissed the buyers as fearful and preparing “for end times scenarios and zombie apocalypses.” 

Guns for Me. Thee? Nah.

Chipman added he knew better, since he is a gun owner. The rest of America, though, doesn’t need the right to own a gun. Why, because we have Super Dave to protect us?

“If you care about your family, spend the $500 on groceries and stronger dead bolts for the exterior doors of your home,” he flippantly advised.

He wasn’t changing his tune, even after NSSF reported 2.3 million background checks were conducted for the sale of firearms in March.

“If you didn’t think you needed a gun prior to March of this year, you certainly don’t need to rush out and get one now,” Chipman added.

Mr. Chipman is no longer a special agent. So why does he need a gun for self-protection? I haven’t heard he’s sold his firearms. 

Tiger King and Zombies

He wasn’t done. He laid out his 25-year career in the ATF as the basis for his firearm expertise in an interview with Cheddar, suggesting the right to keep and bear arms hinges on training and qualification tests. He said new gun owners “might think they are die-hard, ready-to-go, but unfortunately, they’re more like Tiger King and they’re putting themselves and their families in danger.”

“Secure that gun, locked and unloaded and hide it behind the cans of tuna and beef jerky that you have stored in a cabinet and only bring that out if the zombies start to appear,” he said. “Tuna and beef jerky” and “zombies” – just let those elitist comments marinate in your mind for a moment while Dave has a sip of Chardonnay.

Gun control advocates like Chipman, are losing their minds.

In the same interview, Chipman painted every new gun owner as criminal domestic abusers in waiting and alcoholics. Chipman would rather denigrate new gun owners instead of pointing them to training resources they can use even if they can’t get to a range, like NSSF did with a blog titled, Practical Advice for Quarantined New Gun Owners. To be fair, Mr. Chipman can’t point new gun owners to firearm safety education and training offered by his employer because unlike NSSF, they don’t have any.


Here’s what is really going on. There is overwhelming evidence that Americans value their ability to take responsibility for their own safety in times of uncertainty when law enforcement is spread thin, prisons are being emptied and prosecutors are refusing to prosecute criminals. Gun control advocates like Chipman, are losing their minds.

They are seething mad the “unwashed masses” of the American public would dare to think for themselves, take responsibility for their safety and exercise their rights. They’re losing influence and they know it. That’s why they’re throwing fits. They know they have lost a generation of fence sitters.

Don’t go away mad, Chipman. Just go away.


Larry Keane is SVP for Government and Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.


  1. avatar Fit2Btyed says:

    Can they be machined into a maniacal slingshot ammo?

    1. avatar David deplorable says:

      Chipmunk better hope he never goes to prison. That mouth…

      And f him. Wonder how much Giffords paid him to be their bitch.

    2. avatar In for a penny, In for a pound says:

      I was thinking the same thing. I could put a dead bolt a thousand yards down range at a tyrant, but not as accurately as with my 6.5creedmoor, or my 338 mag. I”ll stick to the rifles that can produce a patriot’s rendition of a Pollock on the back drop of a tyrant or their enforcers, who are trying to infringe on Citizens’ natural rights.

    3. avatar Casca says:

      Comments like his are to be expected by those who consider everyone else a threat to his privileged class.
      While he was in diapers, I and a lot more were using M16s, 1911s, and .30 machin guns,and Ma Dues dual .50s or Ma Duces…. And probably before his parents were born at 6 or so carried a .22 Springfield rifle across my forearm, to the store for more .22shorts. My kids had their own guns at 7 hunted doves with me at 7, and hunted by themselves, at 10, behind our home in the woods with the dog, and me within earshot. They learned how when and why to use a firearm and care for them, with my permission and guidance. Firearms are not rocket science, and Americans do not accept nor need nor tolerate the Tyrant and socialist who think working for the FBI, or other Law Enforcement gave them unique ability, and only them to own, and know how and when and where to use firearms. Some were in our Scout troop and learned to shoot there and t5ook the firearms safety course from the Game Warden who was part of our Troop. I fear thugs with the attitude of this fellow more than the ordinary criminal. We wants our Right to own and bear arms to save our lives and property taken away. That is tyranny!

    4. avatar frank speak says:

      How about guns AND deadbolts?…and cameras?…and security lights?..and alarm systems?…and dogs?…and anything else we can think of………..why not?……

  2. avatar Mad Max says:

    Doesn’t the idiot know we already have deadbolts (which won’t stop a determined criminal). We also have windows.

    Does he propose we also build windowless houses?

    1. avatar Noamsaying says:

      To say nothing about when you are not in your home, such as in a parking lot or at an intersection.

      1. avatar Paul says:

        I keep a deadbolt in my truck, just in case. I mean, what if I meet a live zombie?

        1. avatar SuspiciousFisherman says:

          Would it really be alive tho?

    2. avatar frank speak says:

      …..and bars on the windows?…and gun ports?…..and?………..

  3. avatar Hunter427 says:

    That’s a great head shot of Davey, ATF must have been so proud to have him but then again it’s the ATF.

    1. avatar frank speak says:

      …consistently low scorers among federal law enforcement…..and always doing something to justify their existence…

  4. avatar Hunter427 says:

    I’d red flag him just for fun

    1. avatar Wiregrass says:

      He does appear to be a bit mentally unstable.

      1. avatar In for a penny, In for a pound says:

        It swore an oath to uphold the Constitution, and then it worked for an organization with the directive to harm the Constitutional rights of Citizens, that is some form of delusion.

        1. avatar Noamsaying says:

          I am sorry – I did not see the fine print to the Second Amendment that said you need training to own a firearm. Did I miss that somewhere?

        2. avatar SuspiciousFisherman says:

          Dude… they can’t read anyways.

        3. avatar Reed Furst Sprechen Second says:

          “Noamsaying says:
          April 22, 2020 at 11:14
          I am sorry – I did not see the fine print to the Second Amendment that said you need training to own a firearm. Did I miss that somewhere?”

          Does “…a well regulated militia.” ring a bell?

        4. avatar LarryinTX says:

          “Well regulated” refers to the state of readiness, translates close to “well equipped”, which is giving the REASON that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, not a limitation on that right. IOW, (if you did not get it) your attempt at snarky bullshit is simply wrong. Get it? Wrong. 2A is only 27 words long, really, REALLY easy to understand, have you ever asked yourself why your sources continue to pretend it says something which it clearly (remember, 27 words!) does not say. You’re being lied to, and begging your massa for more lies. You don’t like it, feel free to amend it, but you will not simply ignore it, other than at your peril.

  5. avatar Rick the Bear says:

    Perhaps you could put the deadbolt in a sock and carry that for self-defense.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      As an old fart, I recommend you shoot the offender a few times before going after him with the sock/deadbolt.

  6. avatar Brian L Taylor says:

    Deadbolts on your castle just give you time to ready your weapons. Better locks a little more time but not a lot.

    1. avatar Noamsaying says:

      This FORMER ATF agent is a simpleton. Dead bolt does nothing about someone breaking out a window pane and obtaining entry in that manner. This guy is really unhinged.

      1. avatar Ben L says:

        He’ll probably advise you to put deadbolt on your windows as well…

      2. avatar Huntmaster says:

        The writer summed it all up when he mentioned he still has his guns , in spite of all that danger they pose to him and his family.

        1. avatar Southern Cross says:

          But he is supposedly a trained professional, much like the police and military.

          Yes, there is a lot of sarcasm in the above statement.

        2. avatar LarryinTX says:

          SC, thanks, That response (military trained, etc) has offended me many times, but I believe I have made at least a few stop and think when I respond that I am retired 20 year military, expert marksman in handguns and rifles including machine guns, yet *MY* access to arms is being infringed, showing that “me but not thee” bullshit is simply that-bullshit. Jackass should have surrendered his arms before beginning a campaign against 2A.

      3. avatar frank speak says:

        …..and window film….[that stuff actually works]……….

  7. avatar enuf says:

    He’s partly right about buying dead bolt locks and food to eat. Yup, need those, everyone’s home should have dead bolt locks and food to eat.

    Also, firearms and ammunition. For when some home invasion crew bust the door down, takes a sledgehammer to the dead bolt lock and splinters the wood around it all to hell.

    At that point, stop eating food and shoot somebody.

    See? Need all three things. Well secured doors, food to eat and guns to shoot.

    Some folks would add a cool and refreshing beverage to that list too.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:


      Very good point on a home-invasion crew bringing a sledgehammer or similar heavy/rigid battering ram.

      I have to think that one good swing with a 12-pound sledgehammer will defeat any deadbolt lock, no matter how good it is. And I am fairly confident that one good swing with that very same 12-pound sledgehammer will defeat a deadbolt lock even if you installed it in a steel door and anchored the striker plate with 3-inch screws into the 2×4 framing members of the doorway.

      And if the home-invasion crew wants to remove all doubt, they can simply fill a 16-pound fence post driver with concrete and use that to breach the door. Once filled with concrete, that post driver will probably weigh at least 24 pounds: one good swing into someone’s door seems guaranteed to breach any door every time.

      Finally, let us not forget that a really motivated home-invasion crew can simply drive their car/truck through your front door and ensure entry that way.

      There are countless “workarounds” that home-invasion crews can employ to ensure entry into your home. It is for those “workarounds” that we stay armed: it is our last-ditch effort to protect ourselves when all else fails.

      1. avatar frank speak says:

        ….hard to get it up on the porch….or through a brick wall….

        1. avatar frank speak says:

          ….putting a large throw bolt about a foot of the floor tends to frustrate them…..

      2. avatar LarryinTX says:

        A jillion doors, and all of them have enough glass that you could walk through the hole after breaking the glass without ducking. You may keep your deadbolts, they are useless against a damn ROCK! What can save me? How ’bout I just shoot the mofo, and forget the silly “hardening” which is never going to help. And before you tell me how wrong I am, I am not in a gated community and my plan has kept me safe for 25 years now.

  8. Just another liberal lunatic that thinks it is just fine for him and his trashy friends to have access to self protection but to hell with everyone else. Ask that jack booted thug if he has sold or given his guns away. Typical democrat, a hypocrite to the highest degree.

  9. avatar Larry says:

    Having forced entry 100s of times , it’s clear that reinforcing the door jamb is more important then what type of deadbolt is on the door . It’s the first thing I did when my daughters changed apartments, mortise in a six inch plate and use four inch screws .

    1. avatar GS650G says:

      I built up my doors with solid wood along the frame on the lock side giving double 2×4 top to bottom and 4 inch screws throughout.

      1. avatar Manse Jolly says:

        Exactly spot on.

      2. avatar frank speak says:

        they used to sell a gadget that involved drilling a hole in the floor….then mounting a flip-down bar on the door that dropped down into it…..

  10. avatar Prndll says:

    I haven’t looked into this. I haven’t thought much about really since there are already deadbolts on my doors. What are the statistics on people being killed by home invasion where deadbolts already existed for those homes? None of it would change my thoughts on guns one way or the other as I see that as two completely different things (almost apples to oranges). But this sounds more like something between “let them eat cake” and ‘all ya need is a double barrel shotgun’.

    Who is he to dictate to me what I should be spending money on?

    1. avatar frank speak says:

      ….or just fill your house with clutter…which mine is these days…that alone ought to slow them down!…

  11. avatar former water walker says:

    I agree with this douche on one point…you should’ve had a gat before the apocalypse. The po-leece didn’t believe me when I called 911 to report several gunshots(across the street!) on Halloween night. And my door was open waiting for trick or treat children with my AR discreetly ready. Yes I have dead bolts…

  12. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

    i’m partial to savage deadbolts myself.

  13. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    Not exactly like deadbolts will do much good with minor tools and a bit of determination. This is presuming that the door frame is sturdy enough to hold which many aren’t.

    1. avatar Vic Nighthorse says:

      Thanks, that sent me down a bunch of interesting rabbit holes.

      1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

        The Ramset?

    2. avatar frank speak says:

      you can get around most deadbolts with a pry bar to the door frame…true…but the idea is to keep that door between you and them…devise some way to keep it from springing open…

  14. avatar JD says:

    Calling this guy Super Dave, is an insult to the real Super Dave.

    1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

      He died in 2019.

      RIP, “Super Dave” Osborne…

      1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

        On Super Dave’s passing in 2019, Jimmy Kimmel had a tribute for him :

  15. avatar TheUnspoken says:

    “David Chipman was once a respected special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives”

    I dunno, might need a citation for how respectable he really was. Some at ATF are decent people, perhaps who believe in the second amendment. Many are not. Many are just government workers getting a paycheck. Same as any job. Based on his current statements, even though he may have retired with many career accolades, he is not worthy of respect. If he is working against freedom now at his new job, he likely always was.

    1. avatar GS650G says:

      ATF doesn’t exist to enhance the freedom and liberty of Americans. Agents of ATF at best can be said to rein in the most egregious actors doing things that are very stupid with the intent of hurting others. The vast amounts of ATF activity can be described as enforcing infringements on rights.

      1. avatar frank speak says:

        their whole agency is superfluous…other agencies could easily absorb their functions…we really don’t need these guys….

  16. avatar NORDNEG says:

    ATF bozo, how many gangs or terrorists has your agency disarmed?
    When you do that maybe you can then start to TRY & disarm the rest of America,

    1. avatar frank speak says:

      heard they tried that in Chicago…also heard it didn’t go well…..

  17. avatar Scooter says:

    I have deadbolts. I have lights, locks, alarms and 911. And if you make it past those, I have one more option. My reasoning is simple. I ask people how long average police response time is to their residence. Next I ask how long it takes to get from any entry point of their residence to their bedroom. If the the police response time is shorter than the entry to bedroom time, maybe you don’t need a home defense tool. I haven’t met anyone yet who said the police were fast enough to beat the sprint to the bedroom.

    1. avatar frank speak says:

      you shouldn’t have to sprint to get your gun…find a way to keep it closer….

  18. avatar GS650G says:

    How about we buy both, fishmouth?

  19. avatar strych9 says:

    Locks. Lulz. Because, if noting else, no one has EVER put a rock through a window.

    Besides, you’d likely have to head to a hardware store to get the locks, and you should just stay home.


    A reminder: Those “Obey Propaganda” shirts are fashion, not instructions.

  20. avatar AlanInFL says:

    Hmm, dead bolt vs firearm. Guess the outcome on that one.

  21. avatar HEGEMON says:

    There shouldn’t be any governmental agency whose sole purpose is the curtailment of American citizens Constitutional rights. David Chipman is just another gun control peddling elitist pimp.

  22. avatar Gregory Peter DuPont says:

    “Respected”??? By who?
    The BATFingE is one(of many) federal agencies that should not only be broken up,but prosecuted under the RICO type statutory and case law they’re so enamored of
    And those parts of the US Code that they exist to enforce should be repealed. And replaced with…. nothing.
    I do NOT wish them well. Nor do I concern myself with either their sensibilities or if they return home safely at the end of their shift
    By their actions they define themselves.

    1. avatar napresto says:

      “David Chipman was once a respected special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. That was before he decided to peddle gun control.”

      Peddling gun control is pretty much a requirement of joining the ATF, no?

      1. avatar Southern Cross says:

        He deserves as much respect as other agents get. The other 3-letter agencies would like to take over ATF’s jurisdictions NONE want any of the ATF agents. The only agency held in lower regard than ATF is the TSA.

    2. avatar John Galt says:


    3. avatar John Galt says:

      GPD……the only salient response I have seen in a long time.

      X 100

    4. avatar Someone says:

      That’s what I planned to say. No respect for an agency that enforces infringements on constitutionally protected human rights, or any of its agents.

  23. So the ATF buys deadbolts instead of guns?

    1. avatar Aaron says:

      “silly peon, do as we say not as we do” – your bureaucratic state overlords

  24. avatar John Smith says:

    Instead of buying deadbolts, maybe we should buy better government. Seems to work well for special interests, demonrats and communists.

    1. avatar Gordon in MO says:

      Quote: “Seems to work well for special interests, demonrats and communists.”

      You repeated yourself…. demoncraps and communists; the same people now days.

      1. avatar John Smith says:

        True, but they go by different names to fool the masses they are something different, kinda like AOC and Bernie trying to distinguish themselves as demonrat-socialists. I wanted to cover my bases.

  25. avatar Aaron says:

    uh, how about deadbolts AND guns, you hydrocephalic?

    1. avatar Huntmaster says:

      Deadbolts are really only for slowing them down enough for you to get to your long guns, shotgun, rifle what ever.

  26. avatar No one of consequence says:

    Deadbolts vs bolt actions?

    Fortunately in this republic, it’s not an either-or choice for most of us.

  27. avatar Chris Morton says:

    “Twenty five years in the BATFE” isn’t much different from “twenty five years in NAMBLA”.

    Of course NAMBLA doesn’t have the power of arrest…

  28. avatar Noamsaying says:

    This guy is the typical gun control guy who spouts about “gun violence,” throwing suicides into the mix. One you get past the suicides, the accidental shootings and gang bangs, the common murder rate is actually quite small. The gang bangers are going to kill, gun control or not. Japan has super strict gun control and a higher suicide rate – they just use rope or step out in front of a train.

  29. avatar Kendahl says:

    All of our external doors have deadbolts. Every door also has a glass panel right next to the dead bolt. (The house came that way. Our previous house, which was custom built, had no glass within reach of the deadbolt.) The bad guy doesn’t need to smash the door, just the glass. We don’t expect the deadbolts to keep him out. The sound of breaking glass will alert us to get our guns out.

  30. avatar MB says:

    Maybe explains why “Former”. In any case this nutjob doesn’t belong anywhere near a gun. We have seen determined criminals get past the most secure locks in seconds. Had a friend with state of the art (at the time, no motion detectors) perimeter alarm system. Crooks used an electric chain saw to cut hole so they didn’t have to open door or window. Any fool enters my home while I’m there will regret that choice.

  31. avatar Greg says:

    Every time I talk with gun control advocates,they are open to(Common Sense debate on firearms)They have no idea how to approach it.Common Sense Gun Control is vague.They all seem to be in agreement,no banning or confiscation of firearms,unless its an AR/AK-type firearm.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:


  32. avatar Debbie W. says:

    Obviously some people need to deadbolt their ignorant pieholes. Put your money where your mouth is mr. cowchipman, give up your gun and you rely on a deadbolt. The last time gun control scum tried this sht it was “get a dog not a gun.” What’s to stop home invaders from permanently shutting up a barking dog? Nothing, nada because the adults in the room have no means to defend themselves much less defend their dog.
    Giffords is riding on the coattails of the serious injuries his wife suffered. If he paid as much attention to the perp as he does going after the rights of everyone who had zip, nada, nothing to do with the crime it might do some real good. Instead giffords goes into a gun store to show how easy it is to walk out the door with an AR15. A no BS gunstore counterman caught giffords trying to make what was a straw purchase. Giffords was told to pound sand and he walked out the door empty handed. Did giffords learn anything? No.
    Now giffords has found a like minded clown to hold hands with. Both giffords and chipman are special people. One has went high in space and that makes him higher and wiser than earthlings exercising their rights. The other is a former ATF agent. Other than that we do not know his work record or if he was ever ordered to see a shrink, etc. No telling what kind of crap that guy has in his closet. Look at another democrat anti gun zealot anthony weiner. When the doors of his closet were opened out rolled a despicable pervert. Obviously labels mean nothing. Content of Character Does.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      People like Giffords will NEVER learn anything, until somebody enforces the damn LAW and puts him in prison for 5 years for attempting straw purchase. No bullshit, lock his ass up, then see his comments on how easy it is to break the law!

  33. avatar MLee says:

    I couldn’t give a flying bat turd what David Chipman says. Every single one of his KNOWS he himself is armed. It wouldn’t matter if he has Bloomberg type security, he’s got weapons and the rest of us are peasants. It’s that type of two-facedness hypocrisy that makes my want to puke.

  34. avatar MigraineMan says:

    Tuna and beef jerky? Wash that down with a banana Moonpie and some Old Crow.
    (Check out Operation MoonPie – – in response to similarly derogatory comments from Len Foxwell, the Chief of Staff for Maryland’s Comptroller.)

    As for deadbolts, what about people who rent apartments, condos or townhouses? They don’t own the building, and generally don’t have permission to make modifications. I have watched the video from Georgia – the bad guy shoulders the apartment door three times before he and his two buddies enter. Are renters less worthy of self-protection? (the resident, above, was successful in motivating the intruders into a hasty retreat. Harsh language? Thrown canned goods? Nope. Good ol’ firepower.)

  35. avatar Kman says:

    It wouldn’t occur to me to tell Americans what they should do.
    But I’m just an asshole. Not a presumptuous, autocratic, condescending asshole.

  36. avatar Anymouse says:

    I love how they put “courage” in their name. How about “honest,” “correct,” “factual,” “blessed,” etc? Sounds like a European monarchs awarding labels to themselves.

  37. avatar Anvil Jenkins says:

    I stopped reading at the first sentence: “a respected agent of the BATFE”

    Not to anyone who ever had the extreme displeasure of working with/for him, he wasn’t.

  38. avatar The Rookie says:

    “If you didn’t think you needed a gun prior to March of this year, you certainly don’t need to rush out and get one now,”

    “Need”, huh? Allow these fine gentlemen to respond on my behalf:

  39. avatar WI Patriot says:

    I have deadbolts AND guns…the deadbolts are installed to protect you from MY guns…

  40. avatar Bierce Ambrose says:

    Guns are too dangerous … they should only be permitted for … people like me. So, I get to keep mine.

    Myself, I’ll believe any of these “rules for who gets guns” when the folks talking have to give theirs up, and the folks they like least get to have guns if they want.

  41. avatar tdiinva says:

    Is related to a Frenchman named Maginot?

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      Historically, was the Maginot line a failure?. Far less than could be thought. It delayed the German attack by forcing the Germans through Belgium. The Belgian forts were supposed to hold the attackers but someone forgot about air defense.

      The Maginot line defenders didn’t surrender until after the fall of France. Maginot line equipment was used to supply the Atlantic Wall. German troops used the back weak side of the Maginot line to hold up the allies in late 1944. Allied troops then used the Maginot Line to defend against German attacks that were supporting the battle of the bulge.

      1. avatar tdiinva says:

        That is certainly a bit of revisionist history. The Germans were never going to attack the Maginot line. The original plan was Schlieffan II. Von Manstein didn’t think that would work since that was what the Allies planned against. Besides, it failed the first time. He developed the “Sickle Cut” plan as a counter. The Maginot line did not cover the Ardennes.

        I think you are referring to Operation Nordwind and not Wacht am Rhein which started New Year Eve after the Ardennes offensive was in the throes of collapse. It was a total bust.

  42. avatar Hannibal says:

    This is like when people say you should carry bear mace instead of a gun for hikes in the woods.

    Bear mace is probably a good idea. But not to the exclusion of other options.

    1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

      “Bear mace is probably a good idea. But not to the exclusion of other options.”

      ‘Bear-be-Gone’ is my first level of defense while bike riding. Mostly for dogs.

      But it’s not my only level of defense…

  43. avatar Kyle in Upstate NY says:

    I live in an apartment and can’t deadbolt my door. For one, I don’t know how right now (I am a city-slicker type who is just getting into being handy) and two, I don’t think the complex would allow me to do such a thing. The door itself is pretty flimsy as far as doors go.

    1. avatar MB says:

      A 2×4 wedged under the doorknob is a pretty effective time extending break in deterrent. Might give you 20-60 seconds more time to respond to the threat. No modifications required.

  44. avatar John says:

    I emailed this knucklehead one time. He had written an article against the Hearing Protection Act, or whatever it was called, and basically said that only an assassin or criminal would want a suppressor. While I already knew the he knew the actual uses of suppressors I emailed him anyway laying out those uses. He actually emailed me back laying out his “assassins and criminals” argument again. Oddly when I emailed back showing the number of suppressors sold each year and asking for the data on suppressors used in crimes to support his hypothesis he never responded back.

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      He refused to believe you because your facts disturbed his self-made reality.

  45. avatar Geoff says:

    Deadbolt? Doesn’t he know a breech shotgun can blow a door off its hinges?

  46. avatar Huntmaster says:

    OK, lets assume we are in a SHTF situation. The Home Invaders make it through the door. Your chosen home defense tools do their work. What to you do with the body? Feed the dogs? Put em in the smoker, crock pot or bury them?

  47. avatar Ralph says:

    Poor Chipmunk has been totally bent out of shape ever since his license to kill was revoked.

  48. avatar GFY Dobbs says:

    How the fuck do I deadbolt all the glass in all my windows?
    I can make my doors fucking impenetrable, glass, well it breaks like fucking glass, pretty hard to secure.
    Dumb motherfucker.

  49. avatar Scott says:

    One of my last projects working for state government involved driving a National Guard Camp where a lot of Federal agency education takes place during a down week with permission. One site was a Sapper’s training facility. There on top of an Appalachian mountain is a set of fake buildings where doors and windows can be installed and broken down for practice by trainees. I imagine these guys are really popular at the local Lowe’s.

    I have much respect for our military, but much like the police some go bad including presumably some trained in this facility. I doubt a deadbolt works well against them. The mission of this Guard Camp would definitely include training for ATF agents and they advertise internally within the Federal Bureaucracy. I fully imagine that David Chipman has heard of this or some similar facility.

  50. avatar Daniel S. says:

    People often ask me at work: “What door is the best for security, and not being able to be kicked in?”. Sometimes they ask if “all steel” or “solid wood” is better? I’m like, none of them are solid of either, and solid steel would be like a bank vault door. The wood ones are veneers over a wood core of various types. I go on to tell them, that typically the door does not break, but the jamb breaks, where the bolts go into it. So if you want a more secure entry, you need to have a stronger jamb (metal back plate reinforced) both sides of the door, or a cross buck like the old log cabin days , across the door. Lock in floor wedge devices will help too. The DEADBOLT, isn’t going to do too much, if the jamb is weak, or the screws are short holding the strike plate (and hinges) in. Seriously, over the past 4 years, there have been many replacing entry doors for security reasons.

  51. avatar Michael Christensen says:

    All locks and deadbolts can be picked if they are all mechanical. Nothing is pick proof. That is why people need guns.

  52. avatar Bemused Berserker says:

    Chapman, and other agents with similar attitudes, are the reason ATF has the more appropriate name of Assholes Taking Firearms. Hope this prick eats his own gun.

  53. avatar sparkyinWI says:

    It has been truly stated that one cannot have a police state unless the police are willing and cooperate. It becomes more evident now every week this continues that police at all levels Fed, State, Local will cooperate more often than not. After all as a sheriff in my state said, while he disagrees with the orders he has to follow the orders coming from the state capital. No sir, you HAVE to follow your oath to the Constitution.

    Hitler, Stalin, Mao, etc. down in Hell are proud right now. They too talked about it being for the greater good, the common good, etc.

    1. avatar Mojomedicineman says:

      That’s right!
      Early in my career, I often caught myself following unethical orders on the tip of the iceberg of things we had to do. One day, a man I was dealing with who was on the ground and being treated very badly, excessive force, etc. He stopped moving, turned and looked over and responded to the “I’m just doing my job” statement to the officer and stated. “That don’t make it right..” The stuck with me forever as a young fella back then. It felt like wisdom coming from an old grandpappy, when I heard it the first time.

  54. avatar Mojomedicineman says:

    Another classic case of inbreds making their way into the public arena. Instead of a briefcase, his banjo is never far, a man with six appendages can out play any normal man!
    Forget deadbolts, unless they want to install them for free along with a new frame or raise building codes for stronger doors paid for out of their personal salaries. By the way, didn’t Al Gore invent the deadbolt back in the 90’s?

  55. avatar ATTAGReader says:

    My house has deadbolts, anti-intrusion throw bolts, impact resistant windows (hurricane zone construction), an alarm, a dog, a fairly quick police department response and oh, yes, guns. Loaded guns.

  56. avatar Paladin says:

    Another 🖕kn shittthole swamp dwelling puke! He should put a deadbolt on his mouth! How many guns does his family own? Is he representing master lock now? What a well respected joke! 2.3 million gun buyers in March have a little different view! Bet he’s afraid an armed society doesn’t need these anti second amendment trash proctologist! Oh but he’s from the government, what could go wrong! Remember Waco? A religious sect that owned some guns legally approved by the atf, they didn’t like it! They endangered then literally killed, was it 62 mostly women and children by driving a tank into their complex! A classic rush to judgment, wanting to show their might! They made it quite clear, carry every day you never know who may not like your being able to defend yourself!!!%

    1. avatar Mojomedicineman says:

      I watched every inch of Waco on tv. The day I seen the flames I was horrified.
      I was even more distressed when the Clintons had previously appointed Janet Reno. The only place she even fit in was SnL which is nothing more than NBC’s leftist mouth piece and I quit watching that crap 25 years ago. Waco should have never happened let alone the way they conducted themselves and surrounded them for the disastrous illeagal stand off.
      Don’t even get me started on the Weaver massacre and what led up to it. People like this nut with a mic in front of him are what fuel this insanity.

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