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Weasels Gonna Weasel

David Chipman, the asshat being put forward as Biden’s choice to head the ATF, itself an agency full of asshats, is being his usual weaselly self during his confirmation hearings. Stephem Gutkowski has a great thread here following the hearings. This was a telling exchange, either Chipman doesn’t know what an “assault weapon” is or more likely he is just being evasive about how they are defined right after he said he would like to see them banned.

This guy is trash but he is dangerous trash.

In a totally unexpected and shocking turn of events, there was a mass shooting today, the same day that David Chipman was testifying before the Senate, with at least eight people dead so far.
The alleged shooter, who is dead and apparently set his house on fire, is a 57 year old man named Samuel Cassidy. I would be willing to bet he used an “assault weapon” and based on his name there is a decent chance he is a White guy. The White House wasted no time in putting out a statement:
In Washington, D.C., principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the White House will continue to stay in close contact with local officials in San Jose, before using the shooting as an opportunity to call for Congress to strengthen background checks.

“The White House is monitoring the situation, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families,” Jean-Pierre said. “We still don’t have all the details, but what is clear, as the president has said, is that we’re are suffering from an epidemic of gun violence in this country, both in mass shootings and in the lives that are being taken in daily gun violence that doesn’t make national headlines.” 
Not mentioned is that this happened in California, a state that already has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, a fact that did nothing to stop these eight people from being killed. That is truly some curious timing.
I was pleasantly surprised to get an email from one of my Senators, Mike Braun, expressing his opposition to Chipman. Here is the text of his letter…

Braun must be getting nervous about re-election.
Chipman will likely be confirmed, placing an outspoken advocate for infringing on the Second Amendment at the head of the ATF. This little reprieve in gun and ammo availability will be short-lived, don’t waste this opportunity. 


  1. jl

    This latest event happened essentially in "my backyard". The most shocking thing to me is that this rail yard is maybe 50 yards from the County Sherriff building. Guy must have known going in that he was only coming out in a bag. Knew it and simply didn't care.
    One of my best friends worked for Santa Clara County (of which the VTA, where this took place is part of) He had stories for YEARS of the shitbags that worked for the County. The backstabbing, the favoritism and (especially) nepotism that ran rampant. The Union bullshit ad nauseum, etc. Basically a pressure cooker directed by petty tyrants and staffed predominately by morons. Guess this particular dude had simply had enough. Had Enough, Forever. Sadly our County Sherriff is one of the "may issue" types for concealed carry. And by "may issue", I mean will issue if you contribute LARGE $$ to (her) re-election campaign. If you aren't connected or a very wealthy donor to her, there is NO chance of a concealed carry permit. Like ZERO chance. Even after she's become embroiled in a scandal over the issue (threw her 2nd in command under the bus btw! IT WAS ALL HIS FAULT, I swear!!! Please vote for me again!) If she werent such a POS Sherriff, there is a good chance the bodycount would've been lower. Of course nobody will talk about that publicly, they'll all scream about needing MORE laws on the books…
    I gotta GTFOutta this place…

  2. Arthur Sido

    I read some local news that said he was making six figures doing whatever he was doing, but maybe that isn't that much in San Jose. You need to exit sooner rather than later.

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