Joe Biden’s first nomination for a chief of the Bureau of Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) failed due to radical views and his second choice appears to be even further out of the American mainstream.
Biden eventually withdrew his nomination for David Chipman, his first choice for the post. The nomination floundered when reports circulated showing he had little respect for the Second Amendment or the right of Americans to defend themselves by legal means and it became obvious that there were not enough votes even in the Democrat-controlled Senate to confirm him.
Chipman has since returned to his work as a senior policy advisor for Giffords, a nationwide gun control advocacy organization.
Biden’s latest choice to lead the ATF is Steve Dettelbach, a former U.S. Attorney with the Department of Justice who ran for Ohio Attorney General in 2018. He lost the election to Republican Dave Yost by a vote of 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent.
During his campaign, Dettelbach claimed that Yost was “part of the mess” involving “secret meetings” and “rigged elections.”
Dettelbach further claimed that Yost overlooked fraudulent overpayments to the “Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow” (ECOT) in 2017. He alleged that Yost ignored the lack of attendance records to verify payments to ECOT, going on to say that people are “often right” when they claim that the “system is rigged.”
Dettelbach also wrote an opinion piece in 2017 arguing that Ohio had “purged” 1.2 million voters from the registration rolls while litigation was pending before the Supreme Court. He claimed that removing improper names from the rolls was done because of politics and clearing the names of voters who had died or moved out of state was “disingenuous.”
Dettelbach offered no evidence of his claims, but as a Democratic candidate, it was no surprise that he did not receive pushback from the corporate media.
Of course, as Biden’s new choice to lead ATF, Dettelbach has a long history of promoting radical gun control measures. He has repeatedly called for bans on so-called “assault weapons” and has spoken out against allowing qualified public school staff to carry firearms to protect students.
That unfortunately will not likely disqualify him from consideration by a handful of Republican Senators who are not firm supporters of the Second Amendment.