Wearing a t-shirt saying, “I’m American, I’m a Muslim, I open carry, I conceal carry, and I’m dangerous only if you’re stupid,” Ehab Jaber went into a Christian event while they were discussing the Islamic persecution of Christians. Once there, he caused a stir.
When asked to leave, the Muslim man born in Saudi Arabi proceeded to make not-so veiled threats, the shocking behavior captured by his own posts on Facebook while sitting outside the Sioux Falls, S.D. Hilton on April 19.
“Ya’ know, if you want to be really scared?” Jaber said before showing off various handguns. When he pulled out an AR-15 and extended magazine, he said, “Be scared… be f***ing terrified.”
Jaber’s threatening behavior at the Christian Conference was investigated by local police and the the FBI, who determined that Jaber had not broken any laws. They decided not to arrest him.
The following Friday, he was finally was charged with making terrorist threats.
Jaber, who has a concealed carry permit, lives in South Dakota where they also allow open carry. His possession of weapons was not illegal, as a Sioux Falls Police public information officer confirmed. “Everything he was doing was legal. He didn’t break any laws so we didn’t charge him,” the officer, Sam Clemens, stated at the time.
Since then, Attorney General Marty Jackley and Lincoln County State’s Attorney Tom Wollman reviewed Jaber’s videos.
Jackley believes Jaber’s comments did violate state law. The law prohibits threats to “commit a crime of violence with the intent to intimidate or coerce a civilian population.”
Jaber, who describes himself as a Second amendment supporter, told local news station KSFY, “You know what the sad thing is? I’m a Republican.”
He says the reason he’s a Republican is because of his support for the Second Amendment.
At the conference last week, Jaber brandished a Koran and was generally disruptive, but he claims that he wasn’t threatening anyone. However, the Facebook post alone seemed threatening to some viewers.
Conference organizer Brannon Howse questioned why Jaber was never arrested. After revelations that a police search of Jaber’s home found methamphetamine and weapons, Howse said, “My blood ran cold when I found this out. METH? You mean we could have had a guy jacked up on drugs, combined with his ideology, putting 500 men, women, and children at risk at our Christian conference?”
Although he’s glad Jaber has been arrested, he questions the response time.
“How did he stay on the streets for 12 days with guns and meth?” he wonders.
This felony charge against Jaber could result in him losing his gun rights if convicted. He could also face up to five years in prison and/or fines of up to $10,000.
AG Jackley said he was not influenced by public pressure in the decision to press charges. “If anything, the public pressure can create more challenges for an investigation,” he said. “It doesn’t play any role in our investigation or our decisions.”
Howse is critical of the investigation and delayed response.
“What would have happened if the shoe were on the other foot?” Howse asked. “If that had been a conservative brandishing weapons in front of an Islamic conference, or indeed practically anywhere, he would have been thrown in jail immediately and all his firearms confiscated – no questions asked! And the media would have had a field day talking about conservative ‘domestic terrorists!’ But here we have the media bending over backwards to help Jaber make his case, quoting him as ‘just a Republican exercising his Second Amendment rights.’ Since when does the media defend someone who believes in the Second Amendment? What a joke!”
According to The Daily Caller, Howse claims “as a direct result of Jaber’s videos, event hosts at subsequent conferences required him to hire extra security — costing thousands more dollars — for these free-to-the-public events.”
Below is the original video Jaber posted, where he made the threatening statements while showing off a whole cache of weapons in his vehicle.
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