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NY Mag claims ISIS benefits from NRA, gets slammed by Dakota Meyer

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Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer slams NY Mag for saying ISIS benefits from the NRA (Screengrab: Fox News)

In a rather ridiculous screed published Friday at NY Magazine, Eric Levitz claimed that ISIS benefits from and appreciates the work of the National Rifle Association (NRA).  That insane claim earned him a smackdown from Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, who appeared on Sunday’s edition of Fox and Friends.

“In the United States, you can buy semi-automatic weapon without submitting yourself to a background check, so long as you make your purchase at a gun show. Roughly 90 percent of Americans object to this policy. But the National Rifle Association (NRA) — and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — like it a lot,” Levitz wrote.

He added:

It isn’t too hard to guess why ISIS also approves of America’s lax gun regulations. But there’s no need for guessing.

“They say the Americans are dumb — they have open gun policies,” an ISIS recruit told the New York Times last year. “They say we can radicalize them easily, and if they have no prior record, they can buy guns, so we don’t need to have a contact man who has to provide guns for them.”

In the most recent issue of its magazine, Rumiyah, the terror group lays out its thoughts on American gun-control laws in more detail, as the Washington Post reports.

That didn’t sit too well with Meyer, BizPac Review reported:

“Well, first off, I mean, how much lower can a journalist fall to be taking, using ISIS as their credible source, right?” Meyer told “Friends-Weekend” host Pete Hegseth. “I think it’s ridiculous. Once again, the media is going out and they’re using their First Amendment to try to go after the Second Amendment, by not looking at the facts.”

Then Meyer laid the facts out for the viewers.

“Here’s the facts of the whole thing of it,” Meyer continued. “Right, you look at San Bernardino, right? In California out there, they have … restricted AR-15s. You got have a background check on every single weapon. You have to register all your weapons out there. You have a waiting period—all these things they want to implement even more. And what’s the shooting caused by? An AR-15 with high-capacity magazines. It doesn’t seem like it worked in that situation.”

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Levitz, Meyer added, had his facts and reasoning backward.

“The thing that stands in the way” of terrorism is the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, he explained.

“The article should read … the thing that stands in the way of ISIS being able to come over … and do terroristic acts is the NRA standing there protecting our rights to be able to bear arms and stand up for ourselves.”

Here’s video of his statements:

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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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