U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has conceded that “there are a lot of issues” surrounding President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Commentary about new gun owners made by still-unconfirmed nominee David Chipman is one of them.
“In their mind they might be competent; they might think that they’re die-hard, ready to go, but unfortunately they’re more like Tiger King. And they’re putting themselves and their families in danger,” Chipman said last year during an interview that is now getting additional notice on social media.
“And so what I would suggest is if those people who were first-time gun owners, if they did go out and buy a gun, I would secure that gun locked and unloaded and hide it behind the cans of tuna and beef jerky that you’ve stored in the cabinet, and only bring that out if the zombies start to appear. I don’t think they are,” he added.
Chipman went for the trifecta in comparing gun owners to imprisoned ex-big cat owner and firearms fan Joe Exotic who was the subject of the “Tiger King” Netflix documentary series that gained significant viewership and pop culture traction during the pandemic lockdown, as well as doomsday preppers, and those who fear the walking dead.
JUST IN – David Chipman, Biden’s ATF nominee, labels American gun owners as "Tiger Kings" preparing for a zombie apocalypse.pic.twitter.com/RoqmXGxnLq
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) July 21, 2021
Chipman, a 25-year ATF agent, is a senior policy advisor for the Giffords gun control advocacy group named after former Democrat Congresswoman Gabby Gifford who was shot during a constituent meeting in Tucson, Ariz., on January 8, 2011.
Virtually all Republican senators oppose his nomination for the ATF top job because of his hostility to Second Amendment rights. U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), for example, has described Chipman as a “notorious gun-grabber.”
Reacting to Chipman’s above remarks, U.S. Sen Mike Lee (R-Utah) called out Chipman for “flippant” and an “utterly condescending attitude toward first-time gun owners” during a confirmation hearing in late May. Chipman responded he was merely engaging in “self-depreciating humor.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 9, 2021
Upon Chipman’s nomination, Fox News host Tucker Carlson characterized the ex-federal agent as a “conspiracy nut” for claims about the 1993 ATF and allied agency siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.
Chipman’s resurfaced comments have prompted a metaphorical rapid-fire response on Twitter. Here is a sampling:
I’ve always been a 2A supporter, despite not owning a gun since I’m personally afraid of them. But if I suddenly turn into Zombie Apocalypse Tiger King, then I actually want one now.
— Dave P. 🇺🇸🇮🇱🏳️🌈 (@DavidP17996603) July 21, 2021
SMH…. Wonder why legal gun sales continue to see healthy double digit growth
— tracerhp (@tracerhp) July 21, 2021
I wonder what he calls all the inner-city gangs with illegal guns then? pic.twitter.com/nu9vnfhWue
— Stevil (@ssyoung18) July 21, 2021
The zombie apocalypse already happened last year, didn’t you see the riots 😆
— Aaron Trades (@AaronTrades8) July 21, 2021
‘When the zombies appear’
He’s case in point number one.
— RockRolla (@SisyphusBeetle) July 21, 2021
people inside the beltway have lost all touch with the rest of us. it’s a giant 3 ring circus in there.
— Travis (@TPum01) July 21, 2021
We are NOT sending our best
— Mike 🐗 (@michaeljashmore) July 21, 2021
For a moment, I thought he might be getting ready to give some solid advice to new owners, to learn proper use and storage, practice regularly. Instead he decided to mock them. He obviously has nothing but contempt for millions of good citizens.
This jerk must not be confirmed.
— 𝔇𝔢𝔞𝔱𝔥’𝔰 𝔊𝔲𝔦𝔫𝔢𝔞 𝔓𝔦𝔤 4.0🇺🇲 (@DeathsGuineaPig) July 21, 2021
The amount of contempt the regime has for the American public cannot be overstated
— ClownPatriot🚀 (@ClownPatriot) July 21, 2021
What an idiiot. Grandmas in their 80’s have defended their homes against intruders that would easily overpower them if not for a gun. No one fears zombies. Depending on the neighborhood one lives in, there are a hell of a lot of real things to be fearful of.
— Closeted News Junkie (@NewsCloset) July 21, 2021
Wonder what the security precautions at this guy’s house looks like? Like most aristocratic-liberals, probably a significant fence around the compound, cameras, and armed security
— 💸 uncut_currency 💸 (@uncut_currency) July 21, 2021
Back at ya’ Child King pic.twitter.com/qJ8WpaNONr
— FiveSixThree 💻 ➡️ 🖨️ ➡️ 🔫 (@FiveSixThree1) July 21, 2021
— Xhavit Cemenja (@xcem_19) July 21, 2021
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