The New York Daily News has been no stranger to controversy in recent months on its front pages and ignited a firestorm again Wednesday with a headline that read “NRA’S SICK JIHAD” next to an AR-15 and an ISIS flag.
The front page also referred to NRA and its supporters as “gun nuts.”
The companion story published Wednesday ran the headline “NRA, Republicans block proposed law to stop suspected terrorists from buying guns in U.S.” and reported that 2,000 people on the no-fly list have legally purchased firearms in the past 11 years.
The main contention of the report reads as follows:
A legal loophole allows suspected terrorists on the government’s no-fly list to legally buy guns, but a bill to fix that will likely wither on the vine. The federal Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, even in the wake of last week’s terrorist killing of 129 people in Paris, remains a long shot due to its rabid pro-gun opponents.
Thursday’s edition of the paper included an article with comment from the National Rifle Association.
“The National Rifle Association wants to prevent terrorists from obtaining any deadly weapon and to suggest otherwise is offensive and wrong,” NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker told the New York Daily News. “It is not surprising that anti-gun politicians and publications are distorting the facts to push a gun control agenda.”
“[The law would] deny law-abiding citizens their constitutional right to due process,” Baker added.
The reaction to the front page has been mixed.