ATF Director Admits: Not an Expert in Firearms, Tobacco or Explosives

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has always been an important agency for conservatives across the nation. After all, it’s hard to picture a life dealing with gang-related violence or fighting back against terrorist attacks without firearms. Unfortunately, the ATF Director Steve Dettelbach different from his agency’s name. He recently admitted that his expertise lay more in criminal prosecution rather than firearms.

Republican California Rep. Darrell Issa was quick to confront Dettelbach during the House Judiciary Committee’s Wednesday ATF oversight hearing. He boldly asked Dettelbach whether he was an expert in firearms. As expected, Dettelbach admitted that he was not a firearms expert. That makes us wonder, why is he even in charge of the ATF, an agency that includes firearms in its name?

It’s important to note that Dettelbach has a shady track record. He has been known to work as a federal prosecutor from 1992 to 2006, but there’s no denying that his expertise is limited to criminal prosecutions. He became northern Ohio’s U.S. Attorney from 2009 to 2016, and since then, the gun industry has witnessed all sorts of violations that the agency has failed to address. Many industry experts have criticized the ATF’s lack of action against firearm violations.

Issa also asked Dettelbach whether he was an expert in tobacco or explosives. Again, Dettelbach admitted that his career primarily revolved around prosecuting gang members, violent criminals, and cartel operatives. One can’t help but wonder how Dettelbach plans on successfully leading the ATF with such limited expertise.

All in all, Dettelbach’s recent admission reveals a lot about the ATF’s leader. It’s always important to note that criminal prosecution is essential, but one can’t ignore firearms-related incidents that keep occurring nationwide. It’s time for conservative leaders in Washington, D.C. to take note and demand that the ATF director, who is responsible for safeguarding firearms, has the required expertise to do so effectively and efficiently.

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