Biden’s pick to lead ATF failed to disclose interview on Chinese state-run media

President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was already an extremely controversial figure, but the latest revelations regarding his past actions are especially egregious.

According to The Daily Wire, ATF nominee David Chipman reportedly failed to mention to the Senate in the written responses portion of his confirmation hearing that he made an appearance on a Chinese state-run media network in 2012, in which he discussed the U.S. government’s response to the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting. 

At issue is that China appeared to have used his television appearance as propaganda to cover up a mass stabbing that took place in the communist country at the same time as Sandy Hook.

“Instead, media gave top coverage to the U.S. shooting and barely mentioned the Henan school attack, a decision that has drawn sharp criticism of the ruling Communist Party’s readiness to reflect on the ills of U.S. society but not on China’s own,” Reuters reported at the time.

Even worse, China’s state propaganda control agency reportedly pushed state-run media networks to take the focus off of the mass stabbing and instead focus on the mass shooting that had just taken place in the United States.

Chipman, who conducted an interview on China Global Television Network (CGTN) in December 2012 to discuss the Sandy Hook shooting, failed to disclose that appearance to the Senate, prompting new concerns for Republicans who were already highly skeptical of his possible appointment to lead the ATF.

The New York Times described CGTN, which reaches some 30 million households in the U.S. alone, “an arm of China’s propaganda machine. It is controlled by the Communist Party and serves as part of what Mr. Xi has called Beijing’s ‘publicity front.'”

Interestingly, Chipman listed some 16 various media appearances in reply to a Senate questionnaire but left out what would have easily been the most controversial, despite that particular CGTN interview very easily located under his name on YouTube. “Despite my searches, there may be other materials that I have been unable to identify, find, or remember,” Chipman added.

Hopefully, this latest controversy will be enough to sink Chipman’s chances at leading the ATF, because if he’s able to squeak his way into leading an agency that has a direct impact on your Second Amendment rights, there will undoubtedly be scary times ahead.