When a comely blonde woman unsafely waves a gun around on Facebook and makes clear her willingness to shoot, South Dakotans go, “Oh, yeah, right on, baby!” When an angry Muslim man does it, South Dakotans go, “Terroristic threat!”
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Lincoln County State’s Attorney Tom Wollman confirm today that Ehab Abdulmutta Jaber, 45, Sioux Falls, has been arrested by the Sioux Falls Police Department and charged with one count of terrorist threat, class 5 felony, punishable by up to 5 years in the state penitentiary and/or $10,000. During a search of Jaber’s residence law enforcement seized firearms as well as methamphetamine.
Charges stem from an alleged incident on April 9, 2017, involving Jaber at a hotel in Sioux Falls. He was observed to have been videotaping an ongoing event with his cell phone and carrying a handgun. He was escorted out of the event, but later was found to be live streaming terrorist threats to the public and brandishing a number of firearms and ammunition [Attorney General’s office, press release, 2017.04.21].
I have little sympathy for a guy with meth in house. But as I contended on The Greg Belfrage Show on Friday before the charges against Jaber were announced, brandishing a weapon, online or in public, inherently threatens violence. Picking up a gun says, “I’m ready to use deadly force.” Displaying a gun says, “Be afraid of me.”
If Jaber can get charged with making terroristic threats by showing how tough he and his arsenal are on Facebook, then folks marching to Starbucks with assault rifles should anticipate a visit from the Attorney General as well.
Ehab Jaber’s Facebook page is down, but as you can imagine, his April 9 video that got him worldwide fame and criminal charges persists. Watch and tell me whom Jaber is threatening:
Heck, he doesn’t even point his guns or put his finger on the trigger the way Lynne DiSanto does.