Tense Exchange Unfolds Over Border

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(FixThisNation.com) – On Wednesday, Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., surprised Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing by giving him a pat on the shoulder and a handshake while on his way out. 

The exchange took place one day after Kennedy had questioned the Mayorkas during the subcommittee hearing about his support of the Second Amendment and for the possibility of an assault weapon ban. At the time Kennedy appeared to be unsatisfied with the reply that Mayorkas had provided. 

Mayorkas in his answer supported the possibility of an assault weapons ban but used the definition for such weapons that had been used in a 1990s legislation that banned such firearms. In his answer, he also said that he needed to “defer to the experts” in regard to the definitions and continued to state that “military-style weapons” were a massive concern. 

Kennedy however, did not appear to be pleased with this answer. As he noted Mayorkas made a “bold statement” by claiming that all assault weapons needed to be banned. He then questioned what exactly Mayorkas meant by military-style weapons. However, Mayorkas stated in response that he had “addressed your question to the best of my abilities.”

Kennedy was not pleased with this answer and continued his questioning stating that he was trying to understand Mayorkas’ position on whether or not he believed assault weapons should be banned and what weapons in particular he believed should be banned.

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