The PJ Tatler

Liberal Ad Links McConnell Gun Control Stance to Al-Qaeda

An ad released by Americans United for Change compares Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s stand on gun control with the beliefs of al-Qaeda.


A liberal political organization is slamming Mitch McConnell’s stance on gun control by linking his beliefs to those of a member of Al Qaeda.

The group, Americans United for Change, released a TV ad Friday quoting statistics that showed that a majority of Kentuckians were for universal background checks while McConnell was against it.

“So who does agree with Mitch?” the narrator in the ad asks. The video then shows an Al Qaeda recruitment video that encourages its audience to go to gun shows to purchase weapons since they probably would not have to go through a background check or show identification.

“These rabid partisan extremists have no interest in promoting what’s right for Kentucky and they’ll stop at nothing to attack its biggest advocate,” McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Benton told Fox News. “The political Left has proven they’ll stop at nothing to target people who disagree with them. Racist attacks on Mitch’s family, illegal bugging, and connecting him with terrorists won’t stop him from fighting for the Second Amendment rights of law abiding Kentuckians.”

Americans United, however, isn’t backing down. Shortly after the group released its own statement saying that McConnell did not defend his position at all, mainly because it was “indefensible”

“To be very clear: nothing in the ad says Sen. McConnell pals around with terrorists – but we are saying the reckless policy he espouses benefits criminals and terrorists looking to get their hands on guns in America no questions asked, a point made straight from the horse’s mouth in that Al Qaeda recruitment video,” said the group’s communications director Jeremy Funk in the statement. “It is hard to imagine a more frightening example why the gun show loophole needs to be closed than that video.”

This is ridiculous — even amusing. Background checks are going to stop terrorists from getting guns? The level of stupidity it takes to make a statement like that with a straight face is breathtaking. I don’t know what’s funnier; the fact that they believe that background checks will stop terrorists from getting a gun or using an al-Qaeda video as justification for their position.

I don’t think it’s apt to use what we now know are fake Hitler quotes on gun control or link an American politician to anything having to do with terrorists in this debate. It doesn’t prove anything about the other side but says a lot about you for using rancid analogies. Even if Hitler favored gun control or al-Qaeda tells its members to shop at gun shows for their weapons because there’s no background check, what exactly does it prove about protecting the Second Amendment or regulating guns? Absolutely nothing. It is a political attack — no more, no less.

And anyone who uses the tactic should be called out for it.