Tennessee representative calls gunman Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez a 'jihadi'

Rep. Matheny charges state officials 'skirted around the issues of security'

Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez
photo Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez

photo Judd Matheny

NASHVILLE -- Saying "enough is enough," a Tennessee lawmaker long critical of Islam is calling gunman Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, whose shooting rampage last week left five U.S. military servicemen dead in Chattanooga, a "jihadi" and charging top state officials with having "skirted around the issues of security from terrorism in Tennessee."

Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma, a Tea Party-style Republican who once sponsored a bill that as originally introduced would have outlawed Shariah law, said in his statement that "we can no longer ignore the security implications hidden in legal immigration issues, federal threats to free speech, refugee resettlement issues, indirect support of the Obama administration's blind eye to burgeoning illegal immigrant traffic, and attempts to pass state laws equalizing rights and state benefits for illegal inhabitants in Tennessee to those of legal inhabitants."