Jailed Terrorist Reveals How ISIS Uses America's Gun Laws To Its Advantage

The terror organization ISIS has built an intricate intelligence apparatus to orchestrate attacks across the world, according to an in-depth piece from Rukmini Callimachi for The New York Times.

Harry Sarfo, a German man who joined ISIS and is now serving a three-year sentence on terrorism charges in a maximum security prison in Bremen, gave Callimachi intimate details about this apparatus, highlighting the methods the terror organization employs to spread terror well beyond Syria.

An ISIS intelligence unit known as the Emni is responsible for organizing the terror groups international activities.

According to Callimachi,

However, one region ISIS has had difficulties sending trained attackers to is North America, according to what Sarfo told Callimachi.

This is because it's hard for ISIS to get people into America once they've traveled to Syria.

There have been American members of ISIS, and some recruited for what Callimachi referred to as its "external operation wing," but the US has definitely proved more difficult for ISIS to send trained attackers to than other countries.

But, in order to make up for this, ISIS aims to exploit a major aspect of American society: loose gun laws.

According to Mr. Sarfo, ISIS' goal is to recruit Americans over social media and encourage them to take advantage of how easy it is to get guns. He said,

Sarfo's comments bring to mind the Orlando shooter, the individual responsible for the worst mass shooting in US history, who pledged allegiance to ISIS, according to the FBI, and was radicalized online.

The Orlando shooter was an American citizen, born in Queens, who legally purchased firearms within roughly a week of the massacre.

ISIS is hardly the first group to urge would-be terrorists to exploit America's gun laws -- Al Qaeda has also employed this tactic.

In a 2011 video, American-born Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn urged Muslim Americans to take advantage of gun laws in the US and stage lone-wolf attacks. He said,

All of this arguably provides yet another reason for the US to advocate for stronger gun control laws in order to prevent firearms from ending up in the wrong hands.

Citations: The New York Times