Surprisingly, the National Rifle Association did not take swings at Jones’ nomination. The nation’s largest gun lobby, which typically tries to block ATF nominees, remained neutral. That’s not the case with other groups. As Heitkamp was flying back to DC, Gun Owners of America’s executive director Larry Pratt tweeted out Heitkamp’s office phone number, telling his followers to call her and urge her to vote “no.” On Friday Pratt told MSNBC, “He’s no friend of the Second Amendment and hasn’t been helpful as acting director or going after what his bureau did during Fast and Furious,” he said. “Every time he looks cross-eyed, we’re going to be coming at him.”Mark Glaze, the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns told MSNBC that for “15 years the NRA has starved the agency and they’ve done it pretty well.” Josh Horwitz, the executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, added “there’s an intent [by gun lobby groups] to keep the ATF weak and ineffective, and to have them constantly be a scapegoat for what’s going on versus the terrible existing laws.”The ATF is underfunded and understaffed: The ATF has only about 2,500 agents. “It’s very small,” said David Chipman, a former ATF agent for 25 years who now is a consultant to Mayors Against Illegal Guns. (Emphasis supplied, MBV) Chipman said that number pales in comparison, to say, the DC police force, which has more than 3,000 officers.
Chipman even wrote this Politico guest opinion piece in support of B. Toad, who my sources characterize as "The Nuremberg Man" who would shoot his own mother if ordered to do so by a higher up -- any higher up.
Now we have news that the anti-gun bastard has landed a choice spot as "Senior Vice President, U.S. Public Safety Solutions" for SST, Inc.SST, Inc. manufactures ShotSpotter gunfire location systems. From their announcement:
Chipman will expand SST's leadership in partnering with cities nationwide to fight gun violence and related crime through the use of its ShotSpotter gunfire data and intelligence. As an experienced law enforcement veteran, Chipman served in numerous executive and field agent roles at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) for more than 25 years. While at the ATF, he developed, implemented and evaluated firearms violence reduction strategies aimed at making America's neighborhoods safer. He most recently served as a senior advisor to Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national, bipartisan coalition of mayors working to shield America's communities from gun violence, and he also served as an ATF Fellow for the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
The IACP, of course, is another band of anti-firearm zealots that can be counted upon to provide ludicrously over-ranked, pot-bellied five-stared uniformed bureaucrats as a backdrop to whatever photo op the citizen disarmament lobby desires.