We told ya. B. Todd Jones is leaving his post as ATF Director to work for the National Football League. According to a story in the New York Post today, Mr. Jones will be placed in charge of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. It’s definitely a pay upgrade for him, too. The report says Jones will receive a salary worth “several million a year.”
To put it into football terms, you could say Jones’ NFL (Not for Long) status with the ATF came directly on the spiked heels of the proposed M855 ammo ban which ran over him in true “Beast Mode.” Thousands and thousands of Second Amendment defending Americans stood up to the ATF. They came together. They showed themselves as tough to tackle on the issue as a nationwide army of Marshawn Lynch-like gunners who will fight for their Constitutional Rights.
Less than two weeks ago, Jones was forced to wipe green tip egg off his face. He publicly announced the ATF was going to temporarily shelve its proposed ban on M855 green tip ammunition.
The push back against the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional efforts to reclassify the ammo as “armor-piercing” was simply too much. A slew of complaints and vows to fight were fired in the direction of Jones and the ATF. They came from citizens. They came from members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. They came from Republicans. They came from Democrats.
Just last Friday, B. Todd Jones resigned as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATPE) effective March 31, 2015. The 57-year old U.S. Marine and former Assistant U.S. Attorney was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in the summer of 2013. He was handpicked for the job by President Barack Obama back in 2011.
What’s interesting about the N.Y. Post piece is the quotes the article contained. They were attributed to an unidentified source with insider knowledge of the situation. The source claimed the ATF job was really wearing on Jones. The source stated, “He was getting cranky. I think he was over it.”
The unidentified source in the article also told the Post the NFL had been wanting to draft Jones for a while. The deal with him recently heated up quickly. Jones’ new position will include “determining the length of suspensions and handing out fines” for violations against NFL policy.
A piece of advice to B. Todd Jones. The ATF didn’t get as much public backlash as it should have from the unjustified and fruitless raiding of the AWC business one year ago. Raiding the homes of NFL players, coaches, and executives? That probably won’t go so well for ya.