The hapless federal agency tasked with investigating and prosecuting firearms violations has announced a new strategy for identifying suspects.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) posted a graphic across their social media platforms this morning encouraging readers to turn in their ex-lovers this Valentine’s Day.
“Valentine’s Day can still be fun even if you broke up. Do you have information about a former (or current) partner involved in illegal gun activity? Let us know, and we will make sure it’s a Valentine’s Day to remember! Call 1-888-ATF-TIPS or email ATFTips@atf.gov,” the captions reads.
Valentine’s Day can still be fun even if you broke up. Do you have information about a former (or current) partner involved in illegal gun activity? Let us know, and we will 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 response on social media came fast and furious. Here are a few of the gems from Twitter.
These Google search terms will get you started:— MarkHyman (@MarkHyman) February 14, 2022
Fast and Furious
Border Patrol Officer Brian Terry (deceased)
Maria Susan Flores Gamez “Miss Sinaloa” (deceased)
ATF gun-running operation
He’s not a former or current partner, but here’s a tip regarding an illegal gun purchase.— Deb Heine, Dissident (@NiceDeb) February 14, 2022
Name: Robert Hunter Biden: pic.twitter.com/CCNuhw9qxE
If you ever feel useless, just remember the ATF exists.— Kyle J (@KyleJoh29938881) February 14, 2022
I have information on some guys who trafficked guns to Mexican drug cartels@EricHolder masterminded the whole scheme, and then had his best friend @BarackObama assert executive privilege to protect him from having to testify— Michael A. Wolff (@WolffintheWild) February 14, 2022
their co-conspirator was an agency called @ATFHQ
America’s ex-boyfriend, Eric Holder pic.twitter.com/zQycSxjiOq— 𝕎𝕒𝕪𝕆𝕗𝕋𝕙𝕖ℂ𝕣𝕒𝕟𝕖鶴 (@WayOfTheCrane) February 14, 2022
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Many of the comments revolved around one of three stories. The most common response noted that from 2009 to 2011, the ATF itself allowed Mexican drug cartels to obtain over 2,000 firearms used to kill at least 100 Mexicans.
Dubbed “Fast and Furious,” this operation was ostensibly designed to track firearms from straw purchases in the United States to high-level Mexican drug cartel leaders.
But the ATF failed to trace most of the firearms agents allowed to “walk” and many were found at homicides much later, according to a review by the Inspector General for the Department of Justice. Some have also speculated the ATF, at the behest of the Obama administration, allowed the guns to be used in homicides to advance the gun control agenda in the U.S.
You mean like this? https://t.co/0twSJ8mhcj— Show Me The Truckers (@davedoestrading) February 14, 2022
Other commenters to the ATF’s Valentine’s Day post pointed out that Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, lied on a Form 4473 in 2018 and has never been prosecuted.
That year, Hunter Biden purchased a .38-caliber revolver and marked “No” on the question, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” according to Politico.
Hunter Biden is infamously addicted to drugs and was discharged from the Navy Reserve in 2013 after testing positive for cocaine.
When Hallie, now Hunter Biden’s wife, found the gun in his pickup truck, she tried to throw it away in the trash can of a nearby grocery store. Hunter claims Hallie was worried he was going to kill himself, but he became “very agitated” when asked if the gun had been used in a crime.
The gun was recovered and turned in to authorities by a man who was searching through trash cans for recyclables.
Hunter has not been prosecuted, and ATF agents confiscated the purchase forms from the gun store the day of the incident.
Got one for you https://t.co/Ygcb8aJQuI— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) February 14, 2022
Other commenters slammed the ATF for killing dogs, which is a popular internet meme stemming from the ATF’s involvement in the Ruby Ridge incident. During that incident, federal agents killed Sammy Weaver’s dog, which sparked the first deadly encounter of the 11-day siege of the Weaver property.
As of this writing, the ATF has not commented on criticisms of its Valentine’s Day post.