By: Friedrich Seiltgen
Copyright © 2022
In a cringey Valentine’s Day Tweet that will probably result in someone being shot, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) decided that a social media post encouraging people to inform on their ex if they are dealing in illegal guns was a good idea.
One wonders if it was the same person who advised the agency to Tweet on the anniversary of the WACO inferno also. While this Tweet in no way surprises me, it angers me. I guarantee that someone will call in a false tip to ATF in order to get back at their ex for some incident, whether real or imagined.
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 issue is swatting, a harassment technique frequently used by the online gaming community. False tips are called in on the target, with reference to serious offenses, and SWAT teams across the country are staging no-knock warrants. Sometimes the targets are killed during these raids.
On January 6th, 2022, Podcaster Tim Pool had his Maryland home raided while he was on air! The Washington County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the tipster claimed two people had been shot in the house, and the shooter was now threating suicide. Luckily no one was injured.
I have a tip for the ATF! Hunter Biden purchased a firearm and while filling out the ATF Form 4473 he denied being a drug user. As this is clearly false, as documented by Hunter Biden’s own videos of himself smoking crack cocaine, Hunter Biden should be charged with perjury. To make matters worse, Hunter’s wife Hallie Biden took the pistol and threw it into a garbage can outside of a market in Wilmington, Delaware. Hallie went back later on Hunter’s orders to get the gun, but it was gone. Oh, one other thing, across the street from the market is a high school.
That’s all for now folks! Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas. And as always – “Let’s be careful out there.”
Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms, First Aid, Active Shooter Response, and Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations in Florida. His writing has appeared in RECOIL, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.