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Al Qaeda Urges Muslims In America To Exploit Gun Loopholes To Attack ‘Enemies Of Islam’

Congress is currently looking at two important fixes to keep guns out the hands of people shouldn’t have them. First, fixing the private sale loophole. In many states, attendees of gun shows and flea markets can negotiate private sales to purchase a firearm — including assault rifles — from unlicensed dealers without being subjected to a federal criminal background check. And second, individuals on the federal terrorist watch list are not excluded from purchasing firearms in the United States.

Last week, American-born al-Qaeda spokesmen Adam Yahiye Gadahn urged the terrorist group’s followers to exploit this so-called “terror gap“:

Muslims in the West have to remember that they are perfectly placed to play an important and decisive part in the jihad against the Zionists and crusaders and to do major damage to the enemies of Islam, waging war on their religion, sacred places and things and brethren.

This is a golden opportunity and a blessing from, Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, and a way to show one’s appreciation and thanks for this blessing is to rush to discharge one’s duty to his ummah and fight on its behalf with everything at his desposal. And in the West, you’ve got a lot at your disposal. Let’s take America as an example.

America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms. You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without a background check, and most likely without having to show an identification card. So what are you waiting for?

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So it seems like it might be a pretty responsible and relevant idea to force individuals to go through a background check at gun shows and to prevent those on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms.

However, there are powerful people in this country that don’t want that to happen. The National Rifle Association is opposed to eliminating the gun show loophole. And, referring to the terror gap, an NRA spokesperson said recently that “it’s wrong to arbitrarily deny a law-abiding person a constitutional right.”

Republicans in Congress don’t seem to want to address these problems either. Last month, the House Judiciary Committee voted down an amendment that would have prevented those on the federal terrorist watch list from buying guns. All “nay” votes came from Republicans and all “ayes” came from Democrats.

The Government Accountability Office reported last year that suspected terrorists bought firearms and explosives from licensed dealers 1,300 times since 2004. And just last month, FBI data showed that 247 people on the terror watch list purchased guns in the last year.

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, co-chairs of the 550-member Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, issued statements in response to Gadahn’s video. “This video may help Washington understand that weak gun laws aren’t just a crime problem, they’re a national security threat,” Bloomberg said. “It has never been more clear — or more urgent,” Menino said, “that Washington must act swiftly on these proposals to protect national security.”