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Dem: Paris a ‘chilling reminder’ we need tighter gun laws

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A Democratic lawmaker says the Paris attacks should motivate Congress to pass tighter gun laws.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) warned that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is encouraging sympathizers to purchase weapons in the U.S.

“Obviously it is frightening for every Western country, but I do want to remind you, before we killed a jihadist named [Anwar al-] Awlaki, he did a video that said to Americans, ‘Join the Jihad and get guns, because it’s so easy in the United States of America to get a weapon,’” Schakowsky told Sirius XM radio this week, as first reported by BuzzFeed News.

{mosads}“And that ought to be a chilling reminder because, aside from blowing themselves up, which is, of course, not about small weapons, these people used the kinds of weapons that are still available in the United States of America,” she continued.

“I think it ought to cause us to have another consideration of sensible gun-safety laws.”

According to reports, terrorists in the Paris attack used fully automatic weapons.

Schakowsky was pressed on how the terrorists had guns in France, which has much tougher restrictions on firearms.

She said it “was not clear” how they acquired guns.

“Well, you know, we traffic in some small weapons around the world and so it’s not clear actually where those came from, but you’re right. … People get them,” Schakowsky said. “But they’re so available was the message that was sent to possible recruits for the terrorist organizations.”

Some Republicans have pointed to the attack in Paris as an argument against strict gun laws, suggesting that the victims could have defended themselves.

Donald Trump, the front-runner for the Republican nomination, said the attack would have been “different” if civilians were armed.

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