B. Todd Jones is the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives [And Really Big Fires]. In this PBS interview, Byron talks about implementing a new “business model” for the ATF—a worrying bit of jargon for a Marine who never spent a day of his life running a business. Jones promises to focus his Agency on “the trigger-pullers and traffickers around the country who are creating havoc in our community.” Trigger-pullers? Not criminals? Another trendy but concerning choice of words. Byron then redefines criminal violence as . . .
“slow-motion mass shootings.” Oh dear. That’s the term gun control advocates use to agitate for civilian disarmament. I wonder who’s Byron hanging out with these days? Or maybe he’s just in synch with those who would deny Americans their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.
After kvetching about a lack of agents (again), Byron says he’s determined to tackle the “five percent of gun dealers” who “continue to dump firearms into that illegal crime gun pool.” Wait. Didn’t the ATF do just that in Operation Fast and Furious?
The Director’s confident that things are better now, organizationally speaking. Could the ATF do a sequel, F&F II accidentally on purpose? “I learned to never say never,” Byron demurs. In other words, Byron didn’t promise bad shit won’t happen again. Which is the most truthful thing—and prophetic—thing he said in the whole interview.