Updated: Jun 21, 2021
Update 6/21/21: more info found here.
So we have some goodies for you today. Meet Tara Chipman:
More info (not much else out there before today via articles) on her can be found here (via Only Guns and Money). Here‘s a gun fact though: are you aware that she’d currently employed at the ATF, which if confirmed, her husband would be her boss.
Edit 6/19/21: at the time she was the senior writer-editor at ATF, she was also involved in doing releases/PR for Holder’s botched operation Fast & Furious gunrunning scandal. Source for below email below, part of the F&F FOIA dump.
Wonder if that had something to do with this?
After new documents suggested Attorney General Eric Holder may have contradicted himself over comments about the Fast and Furious gun program, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) called on President Barack Obama to appoint a special counsel to determine if Holder lied to Congress.
“I write to urge you to instruct the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel to determine whether Members of Congress were misled by the Attorney General during his recent testimony before the House Judiciary Committee,” wrote Smith, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday.
Then there’s this:
What was released in the press the next day after that email?
The Obama administration sought to intimidate witnesses into not testifying to Congress on Tuesday about whether ATF knowingly allowed weapons, including assault rifles, to be “walked” into Mexico, the chairman of a House committee investigating the program said in an interview Monday.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, said at least two scheduled witnesses expected to be asked about a controversial weapons investigation known as “Fast and Furious”received warning letters from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to limit their testimony.
Mr. Issa’s committee is set to hear testimony from six current or former ATF employees, including agents and attaches assigned to the bureau’s offices in Mexico, about the operation — in which, federal agents say, they were told to stand down and watch as guns flowed from U.S. dealers in Arizona to violent criminals and drug cartels in Mexico............
But after receiving subpoenas, at least two of the agents got letters from ATF Associate Chief Counsel Barry S. Orlow warning them to keep certain areas off-limits, including those still under investigation. Neither of the targeted agents was identified.
Through all of that that we know that she attended NAU, which helped us locate her Twitter account (it‘s not locked like David’s is update 6/20/21, her account was locked for a few hours).
It’s an understatement she’s not a fan of opposing political parties (that‘s her right) and she also makes it clear her stance on gun control (concerning due to her position and also her husband‘s nomination and the fact she works for the federal agency that enforces federal gun control and makes up new “rules”):
About that one, Tara. You ever heard of the Hatch Act?
Further restricted federal executive branch employees are prohibited from engaging in partisan political management or partisan political campaigns. Generally, Further Restricted employees are those employed in intelligence and enforcement-type agencies (except employees appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate). More specifically, Further Restricted employees are employed by the following agencies (or components) or in the following positions:
Federal Election Commission;
Election Assistance Commission;
Federal Bureau of Investigation;
Central Intelligence Agency;
National Security Council;
National Security Agency;
Defense Intelligence Agency;
Merit Systems Protection Board;
Office of Special Counsel;
Office of Criminal Investigation of the Internal Revenue Service;
Office of Investigative Programs of the United States Customs Service;
Office of Law Enforcement of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms;
Engage in political activity – i.e., activity directed at the success or failure of a political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group – while the employee is on duty, in any federal room or building, while wearing a uniform or official insignia, or using any federally owned or leased vehicle. For example, while at work employees may not:
Post a comment to a blog or a social media site that advocates for or against a partisan political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group
Some more here via Only Guns & Money. Moving on:
Oh, and this gem that she “liked”. Really? A federal agent saying she wants a sitting congresswoman locked up just cuz she doesn’t agree with her politics?
There’s more, so check out her Twitter feed while it’s open (update 6/20/21 it’s now locked):
That’s all one thing, but when we get to info regarding the 2020 election cycle, we see the bigger picture. The Chipmans were both heavy donors to democrat. We’ll start with Tara. Hope none of these were made while she was at work at ATF and on the clock. DOJ is listed as her employer as well, and per the Hatch Act, she can’t “Make political contributions to a partisan political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group” while at work:
Yep, old Joe is there too. So how much did Tara donate to federal Democrat candidates in the 2020 election cycle? $21,000. Take note to that a bunch of these were on the same day (click above link to review each donation). Must be nice to have that kind of $$ to throw at your party for elections! Some people don’t even make that in a year. But what about David Chipman? Well, he donated to the Lincoln Project, Biden, and also Harris (via ActBlue):
David gave a total of $620 towards federal candidates (we won’t count the $2000 given to the Lincoln Project). Of that $620, $500 went to Joe Biden. Between him and his loud mouthed partisan anti-gun ATF employee wife (David was smart to lock his Twitter account early), they gave $21,620 to federal candidates (wonder if they share a checking account?), which of course are all Democrats. So please, tell me how Chipman can lead the ATF in a non-partisan manner, as I’m sure he has the same feelings as his wife.
He or her would never use the agency to target people based on politics, right?
We’re glad to have been able to help clear this up and provide info.
To close, how does it feel, David and Tara? While this is all public info easily found via the FEC and twitter, it’s probably stuff that makes you unhappy being shared. Then again, you don’t care about our privacy as lawful gun owners, so...
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — WASHINGTON - When police find a gun on TV they run the serial number through a computer and it tells them who owns it in seconds. The reality is different, slower and more confusing than that.
That’s because decades-old laws limit the technology federal agents can use to trace guns.
“The privacy rights of the gun owner have trumped my right not to get shot in the head,” said David Chipman, senior policy advisor for the gun control group Giffords.
No one is going to shoot you in the damn head, but if you’re going to be a hypocrite (watch below), we’ll expose your ass.
Oh, and how did he know?
UPDATE 6/19/21: Guns & Gadgets covered this article.
Update 6/20/21: she locked down for a few hours