In an interview with the BBC World News, Joe Biden’s ATF nominee David Chipman calls free speech frustrating.
“The frustration is in the United States, um, the freedom of speech and to say things is largely, uh, cannot be regulated,” Chipman told the British interviewers.
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Chipman goes on to say the United States need to do more to curb hate speech on the internet, but adds that we need to do more to curb “that same speech” from the President and other elected public officials. Donald Trump was president when the interview was taped.
Chipman laments the fact that the FBI and “other federal agencies don’t currently have the authority to remove weaponry just because people are saying hateful things.”
Since he may not know this, the First Amendment protects free speech, even what Chipman considers “hate speech.”
David Chipman’s nomination is in serious trouble. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has not called for a vote to remove the nomination from committee, fearing he may not have enough votes.
Chipman currently works for the Giffords anti-gun group as a paid consultant.
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