ATF calls on Americans to report ex-partners on Valentine’s Day

ATF calls on Americans to report ex-partners on Valentine's Day

ATF calls on Americans to report ex-partners on Valentine’s Day


Seal of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. (Photo by ATF via… [+] Getty Images)

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As part of a Valentine’s Day promotion, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is calling on Americans to hand over their former (and even current) partners. On Monday morning, the agency took to social media to encourage people to share any information about others who may be involved in illegal gun activities.

“Even if you’ve broken up, Valentine’s Day is still fun. 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,” tweeted ATF Headquarters (@ATFHQ).

The Justice Department retweeted the message, while the Biden administration called for stronger gun control measures to reduce crime across the country.

By Monday afternoon, the tweet had nearly 4,500 likes and had been retweeted more than 1,800 times. However, the response may not be exactly what the agency had in mind.

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An ATF spokesperson told Fox News that the tweet was only intended to encourage citizens to report suspicious firearm-related activity. However, while it was meant to be lighthearted, many on social media found no sense of humor in it, and others thought the “knocking out” ex-partner was un-American.

Some went even further, sparking the 1993 Waco standoff, and the infamous Fast and Furious action.

Former Liberal vice-presidential candidate Spike Cohen (@RealSpikeCohen) tweeted: “Hi, yes, I want to report someone who set fire to a compound full of kids and their parents and shot anyone who escaped. people. Then they go and sell guns to Mexican drug cartels that they use to kill innocent Americans and Mexicans. They should be disbanded.”

“This Valentine’s Day, the ATF wants you to know that if you’re mad at your ex, you can get them assassinated on a taxpayer’s dime,” wrote the New York Liberal Party (@lpnyofficial).

Blaze contributor Jessica O’Donnell (@heckyessica) tweeted: “Looks like ATF is going to be fully loaded today.”

Some on Twitter suggested the tweet may have violated Twitter’s terms of service, while others warned that it could encourage false reporting from disgruntled exes.

Political activist Beth Baumman (@eb454) wrote: “Oh look. ATF gives us a perfect example of what’s wrong with red flag laws. Nothing says ex-SWATed just because you can’t stand it Happy Valentine’s Day.”

“It’s basically an invitation to a former SWAT you don’t like. Very dangerous,” posted the official account of Youth Liberty America (@YALiberty).

“It’s very cunning for you guys to try to twist the day for your own benefit by encouraging people to turn against each other,” said Congressional candidate Beatrice Cardens (@RealBetyCardens) for California’s 28th District. .”

Media contributor Joel M. Petlin (@Joelmpetlin) tweeted: “If you really don’t like your boyfriend’s #ValentinesDay Hallmark cards, candy, jewelry, or bouquets, why not punish him for not knocking on the warrant? “His home, provided by the U.S. government. Call: 1-800-ARREST-MY-BOYFRIEND. ATF agents are on call. “

Such a response might not be what the ATF was expecting, but it should serve as a reminder that even when teasing, it’s easy to get viewers to turn to you on social media.

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