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Senator John Kennedy Humiliates ATF Director Nominee with Painfully Simple Question

Ashley Jarrett

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Senator John Kennedy is known for his folksy quips. But on Wednesday, the Louisiana senator didn’t need it to grill ATF director nominee David Chipman.

He just needed a painfully simple question. This is must-watch TV:

“I got 35 seconds left, define it for me, would you please, sir. What’s an assault weapon?” Sen. John Kennedy asked Chipman.

“There’s no way I could define an assault weapon,” Chipman said.

“I’ll give you one definition that ATF currently uses,” Chipman continued, although Kennedy wanted his personal definition.

“I’m done, Mr. Chairman. I don’t think I’m gonna get an answer,” Kennedy said.

It wasn’t the only humiliation that Chipman suffered on the stand. Senator Tom Cotton also pressed Chipman on the “assault rifle” issue.

“I don’t believe, senator, and thank you for this question, that the firearms industry has used the term ‘assault rifle’ in their marketing since there was a ban on it,” Chipman responded.

“I think our exchange here illustrates that there really is no such thing as an assault weapon. That is a term that was manufactured by liberal lawyers and pollsters in Washington to try to scare the American people into believing that the government should confiscate weapons that are wildly popular for millions of Americans to defend themselves and their families and their homes,” Cotton remarked.

Senator Ted Cruz also pressed Chipman to admit he wants to ban the AR-15, which Cruz said is the most popular rifle in America.

The ATF director nominee David Chipman is obviously reflective of the Biden administration’s view Americans don’t possess the right to defend themselves from criminals or a tyrannical government, although this is the very reason the Second Amendment is in the Constitution that lawmakers swear an oath to uphold.

As seen on Becker News. Follow Kyle Becker and Becker News on Twitter.



Formerly an online tech and science reporter at The Sun Online, Ashley stepped up to the mantle of technology reporter at the Daily Telegraph late last year. She writes about everything from drones, web security and cryptocurrency to social media apps, like Facebook and Spotify, and technology brands including Apple and Toshiba.

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