April 11th, 2013
06:10 PM ET

Al Qaeda video resurfaces urging radicals to buy guns in U.S.

By Sudip Bhattacharya, CNN

A video from 2011 has resurfaced showing American-raised al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn discussing how easy it is to buy guns in the United States and urging fellow radicals to do so.

In the video, the California said militants should arm themselves for attacks on Western governments.

"America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms," said Gadahn, "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?"

Al Qaeda supports lone wolf terrorists abroad and has emphasized shootings, which require less specialized training than bombings or other attacks and may have a better chance of succeeding.

The Army psychiatrist accused in the Fort Hood massacre in November 2009 and the suspect in the shooting of two U.S. servicemen at Frankfurt airport in early 2011 said they were inspired by al Qaeda.

Gadahn isn't new to sharing his thoughts through video.

In 2006, he praised those who took part in the 9/11 attacks and called President Barack Obama a "devious, evasive and serpentine American president with a Muslim name."

However, the video released in June 2011 has found new life on buzzfeed.com amid the drive for new gun control laws in the United States following last December's school massacre in Connecticut.

Federal law requires background checks on gun sales from licensed dealers and proposed legislation in the Senate would expand the mandate to gun shows and Internet transactions.

Still, Gadahn was wrong about the ease of buying a fully automatic weapon. It is illegal under federal law to do so from anyone but a licensed dealer, and special permission is required as is a background check.

Are they legal? Yes. Are they as easily obtainable as Gadahn suggests? No.

CNN's Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister contributed to this report.

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  1. massoud

    What a joke that this C.I.A. operatives propaganda is being spread by corporate controlled media shills in a veiled attempt just as Operation Fast and Furious was to lead to Draconian gun control legislation.

    April 15, 2013 at 12:38 am | Reply
  2. Andy

    And why is he still alive?

    April 14, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  3. zed

    national socialist propaganda.

    April 13, 2013 at 10:39 am | Reply
  4. Kanageloa

    It may seem a bit out there but even main stream islam is in agreement with the al-Qaeda crazies. Islam is a theocracy or in the order of al-Qaeda, theocrazy. Islam believes in one god and you better believe or you're wrong. A theocracy can quickly become a theocrazy in no time. Look at northern Africa and especially Egypt. The al-Qaeda crazies are heroes among main stream muslims, just ask one in private.

    April 13, 2013 at 9:20 am | Reply
  5. smoky

    The article didn't point out the fact that there are only a finite ammount of legally transferable machineguns in the US and that they are rather expensive. $20k+ expensive.

    April 12, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Reply
    • Bones

      Stop spouting facts Smoky. We need more emotionalism.

      April 15, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Reply
  6. Jaimie

    Catch em and throw away the key. Period.

    April 12, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  7. wip

    It is funny that news groups can be so easily controlled by our government. They are willing to fight for there 1ST amendment rights but fast to help the goverment stomp on our 2nd amendment rights.

    There has been nothing about any of this until oboma and other sorry to say leaders of this country start to push there own policies.
    Why cant his supporters just be happy with there free phones and government checks. It woul be nice to keep the rights I defended and a little of what i work for.

    April 12, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  8. Skorpio

    Everywhere and everything related to Islam is about hate, violence, discrimination, destruction, war, coercion, division, punishments, instigation, incitement, murders, intimidation, threats, imposition, mutilations, vengeance, beheadings, threats and violence. Evidently, this is a satanic cult with his diabolic prophet Mohammed as the role model.

    April 12, 2013 at 10:04 am | Reply
  9. Truth Betold

    Boys like Adam Gadahn used to drive me bonkers, but i now reckon i should never have gone mad because they are pathetically sick individuals that though they should be avoided they need to be prayed for, so they may be loosed from the grip of the devil. Lucifer wants People to lie, fight, have rivelries, kill each other unlike Jesus who wants us to love and forgive each other.

    April 12, 2013 at 8:32 am | Reply
  10. Silverado

    Both Al Qaeda and NRA encourage people to buy more guns.

    April 12, 2013 at 7:56 am | Reply
  11. American

    Adam youre a dead man in my face ill get you one way or another beside youre a @%*$#$&^ MORON!!!! you wont last that long Ill be looking for you!!!!

    April 12, 2013 at 1:27 am | Reply
  12. Rick

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    BEWARE! The evil Muslins are plotting to kill us, we should give up some more rights!

    Impeccable timing for this article. Too bad it's merely...

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    April 12, 2013 at 1:15 am | Reply
  13. wjm

    This Gadahn sounds like a treasure, somebody should find him and make sure he's buried deep.

    April 12, 2013 at 12:30 am | Reply
  14. ozonator

    The following is one of the few times extremist Republicans and Christians said bad things about al-Qaida/Qaeda –

    “Pearls of Wisdom ... July 18, 2012 ... "You can't reason with liberals. They're revolutionary radicals. They don't have a moral core today. They have no belief except in their own indignant righteousness. You can't reason with 'em. The same reason you don't negotiate with Al-Qaeda." ... "Let me tell you, the achievers and the successful are not those who ought to be giving anything back. They already do, by virtue of their success, by virtue of their achievement. They are giving back. They share it"” (the old, ugly and evil Rush “looting” Limbaugh whistlesucker perfuming the stink at rushlimbaugh.com).

    April 11, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Reply

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