David Chipman Nominated to Lead ATF
content by Bill Hamm
Among the important gun violence prevention measures President Biden announced on Thursday, April 8, 2021 was his intention to nominate David Chipman to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In the Rose Garden press conference, President Biden described David as “the right person, at this moment, for this important agency.” We agree.
David has the right experience. During his 25-year career at the ATF, he was involved with a variety of high-profile cases, including bombings at the World Trade Center in 1993 and Oklahoma City in 1995. And David supports a commonsense approach on gun measures, striking a balance that allows law-abiding citizens to own guns for self-defense, hunting and sport while also enabling law enforcement to prevent gun violence.
To be confirmed to lead ATF, the only federal agency with the authority to oversee the gun industry, David will need 51 votes in a narrowly divided Senate. His confirmation is far from certain. According to Politico, David’s public advocacy for gun violence prevention measures “is likely to spark a brutal nomination fight, making it an early test of the president’s commitment to pushing his gun policy agenda.”
David was a guest speaker at a GunSenseUs event in October of 2019. A responsible gun owner, David has publicly advocated for policies that align with the GunSenseUs mission, including expanding background check requirements and enabling the temporary removal of guns from anyone shown to be at imminent risk of harm to himself or others. We wholeheartedly support his nomination.
Please contact your US Senators and urge them to confirm President Biden’s nomination of David as the leader of the ATF.
Check out this article discussing the evolving picture regarding firearm injury and death and our B.E.T. consensus agenda!
Daily Local News coverage of our February 26, 2020 “Fast Forward 2020” Meeting!
The evening featured an opportunity for members and guests to volunteer for a variety of assignments. We were delighted with the response!
It’s a New Year…
DLN Includes GunSenseUs views in its “Looking Ahead 2020” article!
The article features a variety of local officials’ forecasts for what 2020 will bring. Check the highlighted text on Page 2 for our remarks!
It was an exciting exchange of ideas as we came together for a visioning session on Nov. 27. There was a robust exchange of perspectives about what “success” will look like and how we might get there. Thanks to everyone who joined in! Thanks to the Daily Local News for covering the event. Click on the link below to see what they reported.
Gun Violence and Mental Illness
We had great coverage of our Mental Illness & Gun Violence meeting on Sept. 25
Andrea Morganstein a licensed counselor, was one of three speakers who spoke about mental illness and gun violence. She pointed out that people with diagnosed mental illness are more likely to shoot and kill themselves than others. Photo by Randy Lyons.
DLN Coverage, The Cost of Gun Violence (Please note there was one mis-representation inadvertently made in the DLN article… the presenter said the cost of school security for the WCASD was about $1.5 million over several years. This was noted as an annual cost in the DLN article. )
We also got a nice write up covering a presentation we made at West Grove Friends Meeting.
The Chester County Press also wrote a nice editorial on the issue of gun violence:
Gun Sense Chester County July Meeting: Considering the Cost of Gun Violence
Thanks to all who joined us for our July 25 meeting on the Costs of Gun Violence.
Main speaker Lee Dastur (pictured below) gave a great overview of the different types of financial costs, including items such as:
- Medical costs of care for injured
- Court costs to try gun violence related cases
- Prison costs for those convicted of gun violence
- Security costs for schools, court houses, state houses, arenas, and more
- Administrative costs to run databases such as background check systems and issuing licenses/permits for items such as concealed carry permits
- Economic costs where injured individuals are not able to pursue the career for which they trained, or perhaps work at all
- Psychological counseling costs to deal with post traumatic stress following gun violence events
Lee’s commentary was followed by moving narratives shared by retired Emergency Department nurse Dianne Lanham, who spoke of the emotional toll seeing gun injuries and death can take on first responders and medical staff. She spoke of nurses joining together to cry after seeing a young child die following being accidentally shot.
She urged all those who are gun owners or know gun owners to be sure guns are securely stored away from children and teens — noting that gun suicide is a substantial problem.
Finally, Liz and Joe Loeper, parents of gun shot victim Jamie Loeper, shared the experience of getting a call saying Jamie had been injured and then learning he had died. While his shooting was an accident, it occurred because a co-worker felt he needed to carry a gun for self-protection and then the gun went off accidentally. Like every other gun death, a tragedy for each of those involved.
How is gun violence costing you? In tax dollars? In changes to the way you behave within our culture? In mourning the death or injury of someone you cared about?
Speaker Lee Dastur
Finally, signing letters to our legislators and dropping them off in the elected officials’ offices.
A productive day!