they also prefer you don’t shoot back
ďIn countries like the United States itís perfectly legal for members of the public to own certain types of firearms. If you live in such a country obtain an assault rifle legally, preferably an AK-47 or variations.Ē
Ė AL QAEDA TRAINING MANUAL
Like the Brady Camp, Al Qaeda seems to be either 1) confused or 2) misrepresents gun laws. An AK-47 made after 1986 is illegal to own in this country. A semi-automatic variant of the AK-47 made after 1989 must meet certain import requirements but, assuming those requirements are met, is lawful to own (1989 is the year the import restrictions went into effect; 1986 was when the FOPA went into effect). That said, here’s what the Brady Bunch is yammering about:
In the last few weeks, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Congressman Peter King (R-NY) have introduced bills which say that people on the terrorist watch list should not be permitted to buy guns. Most people are shocked when they learn that this common-sense step in fighting terrorism is not already in place.
We welcome and applaud this effort by the Bush Administration and Congress to begin to plug the terrorist loophole in our nationís gun laws, and the gun loophole in our nationís war on terror. Under current law, suspected terrorists who are deemed too dangerous to fly on airplanes, are not classified as too dangerous to buy assault weapons or other guns unless they fall into some other prohibited category. This makes no sense.
That’s right, denying constitutional rights without due process of law is a common-sense step.
I wonder if they support denying people the ability to buy box cutters, gasoline, and fertilizer?
Update: In comments, thirdpower points out:
Doing a little Googling, itís not from the (or any) AQ training manual. Itís from some crappy little pamphlet alledgedly printed in the UK by ďAzzam PublicationsĒ. So a little more disinformation from the BC and the VPC.
Ayup. Here’s one such manual. The quote is even wrong.