Vice Smears Opposition to Chipman Nomination as Crazy, Far Right Militia Conspiracy

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Since he was nominated, Chipman has suddenly become the face of a largely faceless agency that’s been locked in a decades-long cold war with the gun lobby and GOP, which has simmered pretty much since the ATF was made responsible for regulating firearms in America in 1968. The beleaguered agency has withstood abolition attempts by Republican presidents, been blocked from modernizing (for example, to this day, it relies on paper records to track firearm sales, since it’s been blocked from upgrading to modern systems), and hit with other rules that rendered it ineffective, as the New York Times recently laid out

What’s more, his nomination comes amid a surge in militia activity and threats from anti-government extremists, which have been described by the intelligence community as one of the biggest threats to national security. 

Even before Biden took office, militias, conspiracy theorists, and extremists were stoking fears of a looming gun-grabbing campaign. 

The events at Waco cemented the ATF’s place as gun rights’ activists and extremists number one enemy. Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was spotted hawking baseball caps emblazoned with bullet holes and the letters ATF, the Times reported. And today, Waco is often mythologized by the newer generation of anti-government extremists, who look to those events as the ultimate justification for their hatred of the federal government—the ATF in particular. It also continued to inspire merch. For example, a gun company that’s been promoted by Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene offers a T-shirt with the slogan “#DontWacoMeBro.”

— Tess Owen in The Far-Right Is Freaking Out Over Biden’s Pick to Run the ATF

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  1. According to Chipman… He was issued an AR15 in the ATF…
    And this jerk is going to lead them now???

    • Chip is a for-hire mercenary ideologue. He is ready to ban as many guns as possible under executive fiat with nothing more than bureaucratic overreach and his pen, if it means making a buck. Zero surprise he would be recruited by the democrats.

    • “Even before Biden took office, militias, conspiracy theorists, and extremists were stoking fears of a looming gun-grabbing campaign.”

      That’s rich, coming from the people crowing that “hell yeah” they would confiscate people’s guns. Hint: it’s not gun owners who are extremists, and it’s not gun owners who are stoking fears.

  2. Anyone with a lick of common sense can see chipmonkey is a very rotten apple. Trying to make that pos look good by bad mouthing Americans who get bent out of shape seeing the government use tanks to crash into what was home to many people of all races and the results probably accounted for knocking fuel lamps over and causing a fire that burned men, women and children alive. And chipmonkey was photo documented standing on the remains.
    So unless you are a nazi you should be very upset seeing such a rotten apple even being considered for any position in government.

  3. There is a bit of irony here. How many times have you heard people emphasize the militia portion of the 2A? Then when people do form militias you can hear Robby the Robot shout “danger”. The 2A recognizes rights. The right to own arms and the right to train with them. A.K.A. “bear”.

    • “I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few public officials.”

      George Mason

      And in actual U.S. codified Law:
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      Title 10 §246. Militia: composition and classes
      (a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.

      (b) The classes of the militia are-

      (1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and

      (2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

      (Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 14 , §311; Pub. L. 85–861, §1(7), Sept. 2, 1958, 72 Stat. 1439 ; Pub. L. 103–160, div. A, title V, §524(a), Nov. 30, 1993, 107 Stat. 1656 ; renumbered §246, Pub. L. 114–328, div. A, title XII, §1241(a)(2), Dec. 23, 2016, 130 Stat. 2497 .)

        • Was this section of title 10 written pre or post incorporation of the 14th amendment? If pre, then it probably wouldn’t stand today on that basis alone and would require it to include every citizen regardless of age or sex. Although, since the feminists balked at and then fought true equal rights requiring females to enroll in selective service it might not, but I’m not Ralph.

  4. They’ve sh*tcanned the baby steps approach! I guess they now believe they have the mandate to suppress their subjects!!

    • 400 million firearms say they will never go door to door. The policy wouldn’t last a week.

      “This [the right to arms] is not a right granted by the Constitution. Neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence. The Second Amendment declares that it shall not be infringed; but this, as has been seen, means no more than that it shall not be infringed by Congress.”- U.S. v. Cruikshank, 92 U.S. 542 (1875)

  5. Lol
    To the left, the purpose for a militia is to overthrow the government. This is why the call the Jan 6 riots an insurrection. It’s a result of the lies they all believe. The concept of a militia itself has been relegated to conspiracy theory for many. It’s truly sad that so many people have been given such sorely lacking education.

    • If the rioters are trying to block the constitutional transfer of power to the elected new administration, how is that not an insurrection?

      • Correct, and that’s why there are over 400 insurrectionists charged with various federal felonies related to their attempted overthrow of our government.

        • LOL..no insurrection..no attempted overthrow.

          Evidence? No dead politicians/leadership. Weak to even suggest it was an attempted insurrection.

        • Sorry about that last comment, I know what I said is a complete lie, but I just read WaPoo and…well… it gets me all hot and bothered.

          So I can’t help myself. But I just cranked one off to a pic of Soros, so I’m a little better now.

        • Should not an insurrection, an attempt to overthrow a government, have taken place in and around the actual seat of power..A/K/A the White House? Where the leaders and levers of governmental control actually reside?
          Seems the people going into the house of Reps were more interested in taking selfies. Maybe Trespass would be a more correct term, unless the House was actually open for tours and visitors at that time.
          The narrative coming from the Left and MSM (same thing) is “OMG!, I almost died! There I was knee-deep in grenade pins, insurrectionists all around, I was taking my last breath! OMG! I saw angels coming for me and I’ve got a PTSD claim now too!!
          OMG!”
          I have little hope for the future of this nation, I’m just not seeing any at this point.

        • Miner49er said ” our government ” that’s funny.
          “Our/My government” wants me to be armed.

        • why were they not armed then? If you’re in America and you’re trying to overthrow the government unarmed you’re doing it wrong. They were idiot rioters, sure, but nothing more. The only mistake they made was they didn’t have LGBTQ+++/BLM paraphernalia and rioted too close to the halls of power and inconvenienced the ruling class instead of wrecking the lives of ordinary people as ANTIFA and BLM scum have been allowed to do for over a year now.

      • That isn’t what that was. That’s what we are told that was. None of it was directed towards anything that had anything to do with the election. Got the only exception of that opportunity that was provided by that Trump rally. Trump was on his way out and was grasping at straws. Biden would still be president if Jan 6 had not happened.

      • Well if that’s the litmus test, then any protest or riot that blocks the regular order of government can be considered an “insurrection”. I remember a years where leftist Democrat approved mobs attacked Federal Courtrooms, the Supreme Court during the Kavanaugh hearing, various State Houses, a GOP baseball game, and ICE Facility, the White House and other government institutions. I’m not even referring to the damages, assaults and even killings against individuals and businesses. But that’s ok, because it’s just the little people, not government I guess.

        I don’t even think the left tries to rationalize their actions anymore.

        • Hey lets not forget the actual occasions where the capitol building had actual bombings or shootings done by leftists of various stripes in past decades who actually shot Congressmen in the building or detonated explosives in there and either got slap on the wrist sentences and are walking free, or were just outright given pardons by, you guessed it, Democrat presidents.

          1954, 1971, 1985, all coordinated leftist attacks on the Capitol Building, not a single one by a right wing individual or group, yet right-wing extremism is the greatest threat since Emperor Hirohito or the gotdaym British Crown apparently.

    • The US Gov is no longer abiding by its founding documents, thus it has surrendered all lawful authority. America is not the government, but WE the People.

  6. Ignorance and vitriol from the press that has all the answers and want to lead the uneducated masses toward the socialist/communist utopia. ” This time it will work”.

  7. “Surge in militia activity.”
    Right.
    Whenever an (R) wins it emboldens the militias and klan groups.
    Whenever a (D) wins it fires up the militias and klan groups.
    Since I’ve been alive every election has resulted in increased numbers and activities among militias and klan groups.

    So by my estimation there is not a single individual alive that is not involved in a militia or klan group. How can there be if their numbers have consistently grown for 40+ years?

    Unless of course all this fear-mongering, militia-hyping news is bullshit.

    • “…Unless of course all this fear-mongering, militia-hyping news is bullshit…”

      Exactly what it is.

  8. chipman ain’t the guy this country needs.
    And if you want to call me a far right militia conspiracy theory believer for being willing to protect ALL rights for ALL people… okay.
    If i had gay foster parent neighbors that needed to defend their pot crop, i’d be glad to do it.

    evil old me…

  9. I thought it was gun shops and the NSSF that brought the ATF kicking and screaming to the new technology of using tablets and laptops to do a 4473? The ATF has required the paper records and storage.

    • Computerized records are a terrible idea because they WILL be abused (not might) how would you like for the ATF to use your SSN as your index number to record every gun you ever purchased? Congress (or the ATF) can then decide to redefine something as illegal or decide that every AR is “readily convertible” to be a machine gun, all they need to do is print out the letters directing you where and when to turn in your property. Refuse and you are an automatic felon with Chipman and company kicking in your door, and shooting your dog (and maybe your wife and child). Perhaps they will only shoot you.

  10. ” . . . a largely faceless agency that’s been locked in a decades-long cold war with the gun lobby and GOP . . .” Well said, Dan. And claiming that conservatives, gun-owners and 2nd Amendment supporters are “far-right conspirators” and “white supremacists” amounts to a blood libel.

    • Ummm… you do realize Dan didn’t write those words, don’t you? They were part of a quote from Tess Owen in her far-left whacko Vice screed.

      Which, if you read it, demonstrates that these leftists are totally out to lunch… that what they “think” and “feel” has no basis in reality. Quite Orwellian, right down to the reversal of the very definition of words.

      “War is peace.
      Freedom is slavery.
      Ignorance is strength.”

      If you like Orwell, try her bullshit on for size: “What’s more, his nomination comes amid a surge in militia activity and threats from anti-government extremists, which have been described by the intelligence community as one of the biggest threats to national security.”

      Sounds pretty scary to her latte-infused soyboys and girls, eh? Who cares if not one word of it is true?

      • In order for the Liberal Democrat Ideology to have merit two things are required: Victims and Fear of Something. Without these two precepts their Saviors have nothing to save them from…Even themselves which in many cases is exactly who and what they Fear.

        • Indeed. And well they should… we should all fear what their “Saviors” intend to do to our country!

  11. Everyone looks like the ‘far right’ when you’re the far left. And Vice is one of the most well known examples of the far left media industrial complex.

  12. Joe Biden: Ban America’s most popular rifle, add ordinary self-loading firearms to the NFA (which is a virtual ban), and start mandatory “buybacks.” (see https://joebiden.com/gunsafety/)

    The establishment/left media: “Even before Biden took office, militias, conspiracy theorists, and extremists were stoking fears of a looming gun-grabbing campaign.”

  13. I guess charged and convicted are two separate things… case against Christopher M Kelly was dropped Tuesday to “serve the interests of justice” by the Justice Dept., a nice way of saying lack of evidence and intent. This will be the way the majority of the cases will end up, unless the defendents are coerced into taking plea deals against “trumped” up charges. Also, you same idiots burned down cities across the country after video of Chauvin and Saint George appeared, but a “victory photo” of Chipman standing on a pile of dead bodies doesn’t even elicit a peep. Fuck you and the bloviating Vice rag

  14. Chipman shouldn’t be in charge of latrines’ much less any agency in our government. He is the reason gun owners don’t like government oversight.

  15. Tess Owen is a broken record. She’s written some variation of this story at least 200 times for VICE. It’s always some vast militia with an even vaster (if that’s a word) arsenal of weapons, representing some existential threat to all things great and small.

    • Easy work if you can get it – recycle the same lies 2oo times, with a payout each time. I should try to become a pundit; it sounds like fundit.

  16. “Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was spotted hawking baseball caps emblazoned with bullet holes and the letters ATF,….”

    Pondering if a market exists for caps with Shitman pic full of bullet holes…??? Inquiring minds wonder… 🙂 🙂 🙂

  17. Don’t F-Troop already have an air wing of OV-10 Bromcos?

    What next? An armored company? Supporting artillery? Should make their next dynamic entries more dramatic.

  18. Firearms Policy Coalition has a website called DefundTheATF.org

    “the laws and regulations the ATF enforces must be repealed, as merely disbanding this awful agency would likely result in another agency like the FBI oppressing the American people in the ATF’s name.”

    • And these incidents last year:

      “Members of anti-government paramilitary groups discussed kidnapping Virginia Governor Ralph Northam during a June meeting in Ohio, an FBI agent testified Tuesday during a court hearing for a group of men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan’s governor.

      Special Agent Richard Trask also revealed new details about investigators’ use of confidential informants, undercover agents and encrypted communication to arrest and charge six men last week in the plot aimed at Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer.”

  19. “That is not me,” Chipman said.

    Reminds me of that line in the movie “Enemy of the
    State”, when the union hood protested the video.

  20. If you support the Constitution and the ideals of of a more perfect union where the people are governed by consent, then you are a right wing, white sumprecists regardless of your actual ethnicity.

    If you believe all men are created equal, your racist and misogynist.

    If you think the preamble to the BoR states that the Government is restricted from infringing on your rights, you a kook who can’t read and have to be censored.

    If you stand up for what our Country stands for, your a danger to the Country.

    If your a veteran, you are under suspicion unless you quote Mao and fully support the little red book.

    Antifa is anti fascists, BLM is peaceful and you must ignore anything that proves contrary.

    These are interesting times and the quote by Thomas Paine still rings with the same urgency as it did when he wrote it:

    I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.

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