For Immediate Release • July 10, 2013 • Contact: Media [at] BradyNetwork [dot] org
(Washington, DC)— Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released the following statement calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote in favor of B. Todd Jones as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled for Thursday morning.
“We support B. Todd Jones as the Director of the ATF and we urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to send his nomination to the full Senate for an up and down vote.
It has been over 6 years since the bureau had a permanent director. In that time, B. Todd Jones has led the agency through challenging times as the acting director. He has developed a reputation for strong leadership and for building good relationships with local, state and federal law enforcement, as well as other stakeholders. With limited resources, B. Todd Jones has focused the agency on the areas where they can have the most impact, namely in states, counties and communities where budgets have required cut backs on specialized units and capabilities such as gun interdiction, explosives and organized trafficking enterprises.
If we are truly committed to stopping gun violence, we need to give the agency responsible for enforcing our gun laws, the resources and leadership they need. The Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate needs to act now.”
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.