A gun control group founded and funded by Mayor Michael Bloomberg is launching a new television ad this week using al Qaeda propaganda to urge the closing of the so-called gun show loophole.
The Coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, whose membership includes about 600 mayors, said the ad will run on cable news channels. The ground would not say how much it was spending on the ads.
The commercial features al Qaeda video of American-born spokesman Adam Gadahn. He grew up in California and is believed to have traveled to Pakistan, where he became a multimedia propagandist for al Qaeda, frequently referring to himself as Azzam al-Amriki.
In a video message originally released online, Gadahn calls on extremists to conduct violent attacks against the U.S.
"America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms," he says in the video. "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?"
It's worth noting that Gadahn misstates the facts. Even at a gun show, fully automatic weapons are not available for sale without a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. For most sales at gun shows, however, there is no background check, as there would be for purchases from gun stores.
Bloomberg and other gun control advocates have long argued that not requiring background checks at gun shows offers a dangerous opening for would-be terrorists to get weapons.