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1:35 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Liberal Group Blasts McConnell For Pro-Gun Stance

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A liberal political group is using an al-Qaeda recruitment video in a TV ad attacking Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on his pro-gun stance.

Americans United for Change is spending only $5,000 to run the spot on three Lexington TV stations. But it drew a stern rebuke from McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton.

The 30-second ad shows American-born al-Qaeda operative Adam Gadahn explaining that anyone can go to a gun show and get a fully automatic assault rifle without a background check and without showing identification.

Americans United for Change is pushing for more stringent background checks. The group's executive director, Tom McMahon, called McConnell a yes man for gun manufacturers.

Benton said describing the attack ad as desperate and extreme would be an understatement. He said it is deplorable.