Your Neighborhood-friendly Mediaite Contributing Editor will question the sanity of anyone who turns to the federal government for romance advice, but well, this is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Guns and Explosives with a really weird hint on how you should celebrate Valentine’s Day: snitch on your ex with related.
“Valentine’s Day can still be fun even after you’ve broken up,” the official ATF Twitter account posted Monday morning. “Do you have information about a former (or current) partner involved in illegal gun activity? Let us know, and we’ll make sure it’s a Valentine’s Day to remember! ”
An image accompanying the tweet was even more macabre, with the question “Has an ex illegally bought or sold firearms? We’d love to treat them to a Valentine’s Day surprise! Bitter exes were urged to take their revenge by contacting ATF via phone, email or their website.
Valentine’s Day can still be fun even after you’ve broken up. Do you have information about a former (or current) partner involved in illegal gun activity? Let us know, and we’ll make sure it’s a Valentine’s Day to remember! Call 1-888-ATF-TIPS or email ATFTips@atf.gov. pic.twitter.com/OdDIPdIzkr
– ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) February 14, 2022
The trouble with this silly tweet, of course, is that armed federal law enforcement officers who receive reports of illegal weapons activity won’t respond by sending postcards or bouquets.
As reason Scott Shackford indicated in a pillar about ATF’s “irresponsible” tweet, it’s basically the federal government inviting people to SWAT their ex, a horribly dangerous criminal (deadly nature of this act of revenge I don’t like calling it a “joke”) in which a terrible person falsely reports a violent crime taking place with the goal of incite the police to start a SWAT-style raid or other active law enforcement action against the victim.
“This is not innocuous,” Shackford wrote. “The potential for a revengeful ex-lover to target a completely innocent person should give law enforcement a pause before posting these messages.”
His views were shared by many on Twitter, who voiced their horror and disgust at the ATF tweet.
ATF tweeted this today…
In the course of human history, never before has an ex falsely reported their ex for a crime they did not commit. Never… pic.twitter.com/JOJSQ7DTvF
– Mrgunsngear (@Mrgunsngear) February 14, 2022
Damn it, ATF is encouraging people to EARN their exes. AND SENDING IS FUN. https://t.co/VhtXozmWUI
– THE IDEAL 15 YEAR CELEBRATION TRAVEL! (@philthatremains) February 14, 2022
Oh look. ATF is giving us a PERFECT example of what goes wrong with red flags.
Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like having an ex get SWAT just because you can’t stand them. pic.twitter.com/0Fumfn44yF
– Beth Baumann (@eb454) February 14, 2022
Have you considered having your ex murdered by a government authorized person?
Because if not, ATF has a special Valentine’s Day offer for you. https://t.co/NBhvX6yid7
– Hannah Cox (@HannahDCox) February 14, 2022
It’s basically an invitation to SWAT an ex you don’t like. Extremely dangerous.
Abolish the ATF. https://t.co/PKOvnAL10l
– Young Americans for Freedom (@YALiberty) February 14, 2022
– Wormwood (@allenherd) February 14, 2022
Writing this again to say, seriously, that it was horrible. The ATF is one of the most dangerous federal agencies. Their agents respond to complaints with deadly and disproportionate force. Encouraging people to turn away from the ATF, even as a “joke”, is malicious and pathological. https://t.co/nLwxAB9Xji
– Chairman Dawg (@PresidentDawg) February 14, 2022
“Report your ex and maybe we will raid them” is not a good joke for the ATF to make.
– Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) February 14, 2022
Former congressman Justin Amash There may have been the most concise answer: “Abolish the ATF.”
Abolish the ATF. https://t.co/2S9LDy3Gh5
– Justin Amash (@justinamash) February 14, 2022
This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of the author only.
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