Hoping to maintain a bit of political pressure on Congress and the White House, a prominent gun control advocacy group is turning recent, foreboding statements from an al Qaeda operative into a national ad campaign.
The Coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group of more than 600 mayors, released a new spot on Tuesday highlighting a video statement from Adam Gadahn, an American-born spokesman for al Qaeda, that urged followers to exploit a U.S. gun show loophole.
“The latest al Qaeda plot instructs terrorists on how to buy guns in America,” the ad says, before shifting to audio of Gadahn.
The al Qaeda spokesman declares: “This is a golden opportunity. America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms. You can go down to a gun show … and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle without a background check. … So what are you waiting for?”
“Call your member of Congress,” the ad concludes. “Tell them to close the loopholes that let terrorists and criminals buy guns."
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