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By Jason Ouimet
Executive Director,
NRA-ILA

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Biden's Gun Grab Is Officially Underway
oe Biden was sworn in as president
of the United States on Jan. 20,
2021. Seventy-seven days later,
on April 7, he announced a series
of executive actions that would
criminalize formerly lawful behavior
and invest a rank gun-control
advocate with the power to target
gun owners as criminals.
Biden likes to portray himself as America's
best hope for unity, moderation and normalcy.
With these actions, however, he has made it
unmistakably clear that millions of law-abiding
gun owners do not deserve the consideration and
respect of other Americans.
Instead, we are his scapegoats for social ills
we didn't cause and for criminal acts we didn't
commit. Worse, the price we are expected to
pay will not even meaningfully improve public
safety. Joe Biden has, for all practical purposes,
removed gun owners from the privileges and
immunities of U.S. citizenship and from the
benefits of the rule of law.
The NRA has long warned this day was
coming. But, as the White House emphasized in
its official announcement, these orders are merely
" initial actions " that are sure to continue and to
escalate as long as Biden and the extremists who
surround him remain in power.
Biden's determination to push activism
over professionalism and unity was most
exemplified by his choice to nominate David
Chipman as director of the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Biden
emphasized Chipman's time as an ATF agent, as
if he were merely a dedicated police professional
who would put politics aside to protect the
American people.
In fact, Chipman's post-ATF career has been
one of overt gun control and political advocacy,
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including for Michael Bloomberg's Everytown for
Gun Safety and for the Giffords gun-control group.
Chipman was a " policy advisor " for both
organizations, meaning that he counseled
them on which gun-control schemes to pursue.
His government experience was supposed
to provide the technical and subject matter
expertise and credibility to back up the
organizations' public bluster.
One would think a career law-enforcement
agent would want to focus on violent crime
and criminals in formulating policy supposedly
to make America safer. Yet, Chipman has
emphasized expanding the reach of the law to
envelop people who unwittingly violate arbitrary
bureaucratic line-drawing, rather than using
criminal statutes to crack down on violent and
unrepentant predators. His instincts are those
of the opportunistic D.C. swamp creature rather
than the traditional American lawman.
This is evident in the policies pushed by
Chipman's gun-control paymasters. Everytown,
for example, has long preached that so-called
" universal background checks " are key to its
" plan to end gun violence. "
Yet, Chipman knows as well as anyone that
serious criminals who are prohibited from
firearm possession-the people who pose the
biggest public safety threats with guns-don't
submit to background checks. They obtain their
guns through criminal networks, theft, straw
purchases and other channels that purposely
and systematically defy the law. The full weight
of this policy will instead fall on the people
who seek to obey the law, placing more fees,
more bureaucracy and more government
intrusion between them and the exercise of their
constitutional rights.
The real value of this policy for gun-banners
is the creation of a government-accessible and

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