Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
July 31, 2013
Contact: Media [at] BradyNetwork [dot] org
(Washington, DC)— Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released the following statement on the successful confirmation of Todd Jones as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) by the United States Senate today:
“The American people have spoken and the United States Senate has listened. For years, we have called for permanent leadership at the ATF and action on the nomination of Todd Jones. Today we can finally say the agency responsible for enforcing our gun laws will have a permanent director with the leadership skills to help in the fight to prevent gun violence. Enforcing our gun laws saves lives by keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people. All across this country, from expanded Brady background checks to other new laws making it harder for dangerous people to get guns, our voices are being heard and victories are being won.
For the past six years, the gun lobby leadership has fought vigorously against giving the agency the leadership and resources they need to enforce our gun laws. Make no mistake, this is a sound defeat in their continued campaign to not only block new common sense gun laws, but also to hamstring the ATF from enforcing the laws on the books.
Todd Jones has led the agency through challenging times as the acting director. He has helped the agency through budget fights and political attacks. He has focused the agency on areas where they can have the most impact in the fight against gun violence. This action today by the Senate will save countless lives by giving law enforcement the steady leadership it needs. We have confidence in Todd Jones and we applaud the Senate for taking this long overdue step to confirm him. We look forward to working with him in the years to come.”
The mission of the Brady organization is to create a safer America for all of us that will lead to the dramatic reduction in gun deaths and injuries that we all seek.
Dan Gross is the President of the Brady Campaign and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. More information about Dan Gross is available here.