Federal agency asks people to report former lovers for gun crimes so it can give them ‘a Valentine’s Day to remember’
A federal law enforcement agency has suggested a novel way for Americans to get back at their ex-lovers on Valentine’s Day: turn them in for illegal gun activity.
On Monday, the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tweeted its holiday pitch, asking people to revenge on their ex-partners. “Let us know, and we will make sure it’s a Valentine’s Day to remember,”The agency stated.
ATF promoted it as a way of making Valentine’s Day fun for all lovers, regardless of whether they had broken up. The ATF also put up a sign asking for tips from ex-mates selling or buying illegal firearms. “We would love to meet and treat them to a Valentine’s Day surprise.”
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be boring if the relationship is over. Are you able to provide information on a past or current partner who is involved in illegal firearm activity? We would love to hear from you and make Valentine’s Day memorable! Send an email to ATFTips@atf.gov, or dial 1-888-880-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/OdDIPdIzkr
— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) February 14, 2022
But, it met resistance on Twitter and was ridiculed by critics. Much of the ridicule pointed to hypocrisy, such as the fact that President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, still hasn’t been charged for allegedly concealing his history of drug abuse when he bought a gun in 2018.
Many observers pointed to the Obama-Biden administration’s “Fast and Furious”In this operation, the ATF deliberately allowed illegal firearm sales in order to trace the arms of Mexican drug cartel leaders. Later, some of the weapons were discovered at crime scenes both on the US and Mexican border. One example was the killing of Brian Terry (US Border Patrol agent) in 2010.
Sure, my Government has been giving dangerous weapons of war to this country’s enemies. Check out: Al Qaeda/SyriaNeo Nazis in Ukraine and Drug cartels Mexico #fastandfurious
— Libertarian Party NH (@LPNH) February 14, 2022
Other people reminded ATF about its previous failures, such as the deadly Ruby Ridge or Waco besieges with the FBI. A religious cult compound in Waco resulted in the death of 76 persons, including 25 children.
Two weeks after Valentine’s Day in 1993 the ATF went on a rampage against US citizens in Waco. They caused the deaths of 76 people, including 25 children and 2 pregnant women.Now they want you to swat your exhttps://t.co/iE7uZtUdWwhttps://t.co/1lM3PQJlET
— Cassandra MacDonald (@CassandraRules) February 14, 2022
Still other critics warned that the ATF’s suggestion could lead to “swatting,”Bitter ex-boyfriends may make false allegations against their lovers to try and get law enforcement to launch an armed raid. These raids led to many deaths.
“What could go wrong when it comes to the ATF and swatting people for fun?” journalist Michael Praats asked.
Such vengeance doesn’t have to be limited to exes. ATF stated that it is open to crime tips on both ex- and current partners.
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