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.


Daily Local News coverage


Check out this article discussing the evolving picture regarding firearm injury and death and our B.E.T. consensus agenda!

DLN July 2


Daily Local News coverage of our February 26, 2020 “Fast Forward 2020” Meeting!

DLN Article

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!





Local Group Holds Meeting on Gun Safety


October Event Receives Rave Reviews!

We are delighted to report that our October 7 event, Your Best B.E.T. for Gun Safety, was a hit!  About 100 people attended, a mix of existing supporters and those who were new to the group.

Speakers included David Chipman from Giffords (center), speaking on Background Checks and Extreme risk protection orders, and Willie Gonzalez, speaking on Training (right).
We received many follow-up emails stating how much participants enjoyed the evening finding it balanced and informative.




Check out the Daily Local News article about our July Event!

Group Examines PA Firearms Law

Thanks to NRA Trainer and local police officer Rick Craig for giving an informative program on firearm law.  We had an interesting discussion!

All About Background Checks…

We had a great meeting on March 25 where PA State Police Major Scott Price came and spoke about the PA Background Check System.  It was a robust dialogue with diverse views represented.

Thanks to all who joined us!

Gun Sense CC Becomes GunSenseUs!

We always appreciate the great coverage the Daily Local News provides.  Here’s the article about our recent meeting where we announced our “re-launch” under a new name!

Daily Local News Coverage


Gun Sense Chester County In the News!

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.

DLN_Gun Sense Chester County 11-27-18 Meeting


Gun Violence and Mental Illness

We had great coverage of our Mental Illness & Gun Violence meeting on Sept. 25

Daily Local News 9-26-18


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. 

Coverage Earlier this Year

We are always appreciative of press coverage and were delighted to have two articles in local press this past week.

Here is a link to the Daily Local News article about our meeting on the Cost of Gun Violence.

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.

Chester County Press, GSCC Presentation in West Grove

The Chester County Press also wrote a nice editorial on the issue of gun violence:

CC Press Editorial on Gun Violence & Common Ground

Thanks to all those who joined us at these events and to members of our media who help educate our fellow residents about the issue.

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

Congratulations Starr!

Gun Sense CC’s Legislative Lead, Starr Cummin Bright was honored with the Lighting the Way Forward Award at an all-star event on April 15.  Congressman John Lewis, a veteran of the Civil Rights campaign and a supporter of the gun violence prevention movement spoke at the event. Congratulations Starr!


Gun Sense Goes to Harrisburg!

Several dozen intrepid members of Gun Sense Chester County rallied in Harrisburg on April 11. Here are some photos.

The “bus group” arrives and prepares to enter the Capitol. Photo by Wayne Hall.

Photo by Randy Lyons

Next up, the “Rally in the Rotunda” with groups from across PA. Our own intrepid Starr Cummin Bright shared her powerful story. (Below)

Photo by Randy Lyons

Finally, signing letters to our legislators and dropping them off in the elected officials’ offices.

A productive day!