(guns.com) – A hearing by a House committee this week turned brutal for a few minutes when Democrats raked a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives official over the coals about his leaked paper advocating relaxed gun regs.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held hearings on the use of confidential informants by the agency as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday during which the ATF’s associate deputy director and chief operating officer Ronald B. Turk, was asked about a controversial “white paper” he authored in January. The paper, penned at the time of President Trump’s inauguration and subsequently leaked, advocated removing NFA restrictions on the sale of suppressors, studying lifting the ban on imported “assault weapons” and other changes.
U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Virg., called out Turk over his unofficial paper, asking him if he had any input in producing it from the National Rifle Association.
“A lot of those thoughts read like an NRA white paper,” noted Connolly. “Do you represent the NRA or do you represent the American people at ATF?”
As Turk tried to respond, Connolly pointed out that his district includes Virginia Tech university, the scene of a 2007 mass shooting.
“We buried six young people and I couldn’t explain to them why an ATF agent or representative would think legalizing silencers might be a good idea,” said Connolly before moving on to other issues he had with Turk’s paper.
In a not so shocking moment by democrats in the House Oversight Committee, the ATF’s Associate Deputy Director and COO was ridiculed for the ‘white paper’ he penned advocating for the removal of NFA restrictions on suppressors.
The representatives used their feelings and illogical arguments to trash the official, inferring that suppressors would have somehow made the shootings at Virginia Tech and Pulse night club in Orlando worse.
It’s safe to say that neither of the representatives have any idea how a suppressor works or what exactly the issues were that the director brought up.
Nevertheless, the left will likely hold the reps in high regard and continue to consider any government official that advocates change to gun control on any level, no matter how warranted it may be, a threat to the safety of the American people.