Sen. John Kennedy: I’m Convinced Biden’s ATF Nominee Does Not Believe in the 2nd Amendment

By Melanie Arter | May 28, 2021 | 12:08pm EDT
President Joe Biden's nominee for ATF Director David Chipman (Screenshot)
President Joe Biden's nominee for ATF Director David Chipman (Screenshot)

( – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said Thursday he’s convinced that David Chipman, President Biden’s nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, does not believe in the 2nd Amendment, and he’s just one of many Biden appointees that are the most radical people he’s ever seen.

As reported, Chipman told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that he would go further than banning “so-called assault weapons.”

He also refused to define what assault weapons are, pointing out instead that it’s up to Congress to decide what an assault weapon is.

“Look, the people that President Biden has appointed to make policy for him are the most radical folks I have ever seen. I’m not saying just a reasonable disagreement. These are people that have contempt for America. They have contempt for Americans,” Kennedy told Fox News’s “Hannity.”

“They think they’re smarter and more virtuous than the American people who didn't vote for President Biden in their opinion. They think we’re all a bunch of deplorables. We can't think for themselves, and they think democracy is too important to be left to the people. They ought to get to make all of the decisions,” the senator said.

“His nominee to the ATF, his copy of the Bill of Rights goes from Amendment 1 to Amendment 3. I’m convinced he doesn't believe in the 2nd Amendment. This is America. You can believe in what you want, but you can't ignore the Constitution when you take an oath of office to abide by it,” he said.

“These are just really radical people. I just think that the Biden administration by virtue of its appointees and otherwise, they just have this huge blind spot about the lives and the problems of middle-class Americans,” Kennedy said. 

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