“President Biden plans to pull David Chipman’s nomination to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the face of opposition from gun rights groups, Republican senators and a few Democrats,” NPR exclusively reported on Thursday.
“Chipman, a former ATF agent who became a prominent gun control advocate after leaving the agency, has been ensnared in a brutal confirmation battle since Biden nominated him this spring,” the report continued.
“On Thursday, two sources close to the matter told NPR that Biden will pull the nomination in the coming days,” the report went on.
“The result leaves the ATF without a Senate-confirmed boss yet again. The agency hasn’t had a confirmed director in six years. It’s had only one since Congress made the position Senate approved in 2006,” NPR noted.
“It also deals a blow to Biden’s efforts to address what he calls the ‘epidemic’ of gun violence in the United States,” NPR added.
In May, Chipman was subjected to a humiliating series of Senatorial questions on the matter of “assault weapons.”
How embarrassing pic.twitter.com/XmQNPQQPHg
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 27, 2021
“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 embarrasing episode 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.
WATCH: Sen. Ted Cruz gets Joe Biden’s ATF Director nominee David Chipman to admit that he wants to BAN the AR-15, the most popular rifle in America.
“With respect to the AR-15, I support a ban.” pic.twitter.com/6nDgalAkRj
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) May 26, 2021
The ATF director nominee, however, is obviously reflective of the Biden administration’s view that Americans don’t possess the right to defend themselves from criminals or a tyrannical government. However, this is the very reason the Second Amendment is in the Constitution. Any U.S. official who doesn’t appreciate this essential right isn’t fit to serve.
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