American ISIS Fighter Tells Jihadis to Use U.S. Gun Laws to Carry Out Mass Shootings

The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) on Wednesday published a propaganda video that showed a one-legged fighter, purportedly American, ordering Muslims living in the United States to use the country’s flexible gun laws to carry out mass-casualty attacks.

In the release “A Message to the Crusading Trump,” the bearded jihadi, identified as “Abu Salih al-Amriki,” is shown in military khaki fatigues and with a prosthetic leg.

“Take advantage of the fact that you can easily obtain a rifle or a pistol in America,” the fighter says. “Spray the kuffar [infidels] with bullets so that their fear of the Muslims rises, and they continue to reveal their hatred towards Islam.”

He also called upon fellow disabled fighters to take up arms against the U.S. “Brothers with limbs or no limbs, I challenge you to a race toward gates of Jannah [paradise],” he says.

Amriki then turns to President Donald Trump, calling him a “dog of Rome” and accusing him of entering “into the White House on the back of your crusader rhetoric, which the fake media has pressured you to tone down.”

“Your war against Islam has only made your homeland more vulnerable,” the fighter continued in his message to Trump.

Images of the video were published and shared by cyber-monitoring company Jihadoscope on Twitter.

The Department of Homeland Security said it was “aware” of the online threats to American nationals.

12_28_Gun_Sales Semi-automatic rifles are seen for sale in a gun shop in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 4. The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) on Wednesday published a propaganda video that showed a one-legged fighter, purportedly American, ordering Muslims living in the United States to use the country’s flexible gun laws to carry out mass-casualty attacks. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

Individuals inspired by ISIS and its radical ideology have committed several attacks on U.S. soil in recent years, including a mass stabbing at a Minnesota mall that injured more than half a dozen people, a deadly shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that killed at least 49 people and an attack by two gun-toting attackers in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 people.

Last week, the outgoing director of the National Counterterrorism Center warned that the U.S. remains “dangerously” vulnerable to mass-casualty attacks by extremists because of the easy access to weapons in the country.

“We find ourselves in a more dangerous situation because our population of violent extremists has no difficulty gaining access to weapons that are quite lethal,” Nicholas Rasmussen said, according to The Washington Post. “I wish that weren’t so.”

He appeared to criticize the policies of the Trump administration in creating a “mutual suspicion” with Muslims in the U.S. that had made counterterrorism efforts “more difficult” to be effective.

“If you’re increasing the amount of suspicion and distress on these communities, it places more challenges in our way,” he told CNN. 

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