The New York Daily News' crusade against the National Rifle Association heated up Monday, as the paper's front page depicted the gun group's longtime president, Wayne LaPierre, as an Islamic terrorist.
"Nowhere to hide, Jihadi Wayne," the paper's headline read.
The New York City-based news group has had it out for the NRA for some time now, as it has repeatedly accused the pro-Second Amendment group of enabling mass shooting events and other gun-related crimes.
The Daily News' latest gripe with the NRA centers on claims that the group is using its considerable influence to block a bill in Congress that would make it illegal to sell or transfer a firearm to persons on U.S. government's terrorist watch list.
The bill, H.R. 1076, would amend "the federal criminal code to grant the Attorney General the authority to deny the transfer of firearms or the issuance of a federal firearms and explosives license to any individual if the Attorney General: (1) determines that such individual has been engaged in or has provided material support or resources for terrorist activities, and (2) has a reasonable belief that such individual may use a firearm or explosive in connection with terrorism."
The proposed legislation focuses entirely on the federal government's terrorist watch list, meaning it would apply to thousands of people who are suspected of associating with terrorist organizations.
"About 420,000 people are on the list administered by the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center, though only about 2 percent of those are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents legally able to buy guns," the Associated Press reported.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., have both signaled support for the bill.
This isn't the first time that the Daily News has gone after the NRA for supposedly blocking the terror watch list bill. Following a wave terror in Paris two weeks ago that claimed 130 lives, the paper lashed out at the NRA for supposedly obstructing Congress' efforts to block the sale of guns to possible terrorists.
"NRA's sick jihad," a Nov. 18 headline read. "Over 2,000 suspects on terror watch list have legally bought firearms in the U.S. because gun nuts are blocking law that would end this madness."
But the Daily News hasn't always been so bold in its outrage over terrorist-related mass shooting events.
Islamic jihadists stormed the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January, killing 12 and injuring 11 more. After the smoke had cleared, it was determined by French authorities that the attacks were in response to the magazine's mocking of Islam and Muhammad with cartoons. Ten journalists were killed in the initial attack, and the gunmen also murdered two responding police officers.
In its coverage of the jihad-inspired mass slaughter, the Daily News refused to publish images of the supposedly offensive cartoons.
Rather, in every visual reference to the French magazine's artwork, the Daily News was careful to censor the very images that the gunmen cited as the sole motivation for the massacre.