Increased Domestic Jihadist Terrorism Shows Americans Need Guns

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Analysis of current reports on domestic jihadist terrorism indicates Americans need firearms for self-defense now more than ever,” gun rights expert John M. Snyder said here today.

Snyder said, “Last month’s Terror Threat Snapshot by the majority staff of the Homeland Security Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives says the terror threat level in the United States is high and ‘getting steadily worse.’ It states there have been ‘more U.S. based jihadist terror cases in 2015 than in any full year since 9/11.’

“As the jihadist terror threat increases, so does the need for law-abiding American citizens to be able to acquire guns for the protection of one’s own life and the lives of loved ones and the community in general. Far from being simply a throwback to an earlier time in our history, the individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms is an undeniable present necessity.”

According to, the Terror Threat Snapshot “also reported that the Islamic State ‘is fueling the Islamist terror’ globally; that Islamist terrorists ‘are intent on killing law enforcement’ officers and U.S. troops, as well as civilians; and that 25,000 fighters from 100 countries have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State.

“In addition, more than 250 Americans have traveled, or attempted to travel to Syria to fight with the Islamists.”

The Terror Threat Snapshot reported, “There have been more U.S.-based jihadist terror cases in 2015 than in any full year since 9/11.” In 2015 so far, it related there have been 30 U.S.-based jihadist cases. In 2001, after the September 11 attacks, there were only two U.S.-based jihadist cases uncovered that year.

The Terror Threat Snapshot for last month noted that, “In July alone, a terrorist murdered U.S. service members in Chattanooga, and authorities arrested extremists seeking to live-stream a terrorist attack on a college campus and planning to kill U.S. vacationers on the beaches of Florida.”

According to the Snapshot, “The number of U.S. terrorist cases involving homegrown violent jihadists has gone from 38 in July 2010 to 122 today – a three-fold increase in just five years.”

The Snapshot related that since early 2014, “there have been 55 planned or executed ISIS-linked terror plots against Western targets, including 14 inside the United States.”

Snyder said, “This news is bad, very bad. Worse are attempts by inane politicians, media personnel, entertainers and church officials to impose gun control generally on American citizens. Jihadists are out to get Americans. People need guns now more than ever.

“Jihad terrorism is increasing in the US. Individual citizens need guns for protection. Jihadists behead, rape and pillage. Armed Americans must be ready, willing and able to stop them anytime, anyplace.”

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