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Joe Scarborough uses false al Qaeda talking point to push gun control

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll

Thursday morning on NBC, Joe Scarborough continued his relentless campaign for more gun control by repeating the false propaganda of American-born al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn.

From "Morning Joe":

Joe Scarborough: This is what al Qaeda has to say, yeah listen to this.
Mika Brzezinski: Yeah, we’ll show you something and then we’ll let you talk. You know your background check system is weak when even al Qaeda makes a video pointing out how easily attainable guns are in the U.S. The website BuzzFeed pointed out this 2011 video by American-born al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn, who is among the FBI’s most wanted terrorists. Take a look.
Adam Gadahn: 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?

Gadahn’s statement is, of course, completely false. But we shouldn’t be surprised that Scarborough and Brzezinski are passing off al Qaeda propaganda as truth. President Obama committed the same error when he was campaigning for gun control recently in California. Obama claimed that the Sandy Hook killer used an “automatic weapon” on his victims in Newton, Conn., in December. CNN‘s Jake Tapper then fact-checked Obama.

“That is not correct,” Tapper explained. “It was a semiautomatic weapon, not a fully automatic weapon. Most fully automatic weapons, machine guns, are essentially banned to the public. … This is not the first time a leading advocate for gun control has stumbled on the facts,” Tapper concluded.

Maybe Obama and Scarborough wouldn’t get so many facts about gun control wrong if they stopped getting their talking points from al Qaeda.

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