ATF Nominee ‘Frustrated’ By Free Speech, Wants To Confiscate Guns From ‘Hateful’ People

David Chipman, President Biden’s storied pick for the permanent head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spoke on national television back in 2019 declaring frustration over both First and Second Amendment restrictions.

He said on the BBC that his “frustration” was the fact that in America there’s “freedom of speech… to say things… [that] cannot be regulated.” You heard that right, Biden’s choice to head the most powerful agency for gun confiscation doesn’t want to stop with stripping you of your God-given right to self defense, but also wants the power to silence your troublesome unregulated speech.

He added that the government needed to step up and “monitor hate speech [online],” and lamented how the government has a “tough job” in responding to online hate speech because they don’t have the power “to remove weaponry” based on “people… saying hateful things.”

Chipman treads on dangerous ground, as “hate speech” is a vague and poorly defined term, mostly seen through the eye of the beholder. It’s a favorite term used by those who want to silence political and ideological opponents, afraid of what their opposition might say.

Chipman’s TV invite was to discuss shootings in Texas and Ohio which left 30 people dead. Chipman gladly used the warm bodies as a weapon against the U.S. Constitution, even proudly sharing his comments on Facebook.

Chipman is a registered anti-gun lobbyist and employee / adviser for multiple anti-Second Amendment groups. During his interview, he threw in the normal leftist talking point about getting “assault weapons” off the streets.

National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) Spokesman Mark Oliva said that the video reveals Chipman’s feelings about “our God-given liberties” and noted how the former-ATF employee seems to want a “curb” on “not one, but two rights… protected by the Constitution.”

Oliva said that the BBC interview perfectly serves as an example of why the firearms industry stands in opposition to Chipman’s nomination, adding that “he has proven himself… unworthy of… public trust time and again.”