ATF Tweets you should click on your ex for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day ATF

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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.

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.

Former congressman Justin Amash There may have been the most concise answer: “Abolish the ATF.”

This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of the author only. ATF Tweets you should click on your ex for Valentine’s Day

Dustin Huang

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