CAPE CORAL, Fla. – A retired Navy Top Gun fighter pilot who is running for U.S. Congress in Florida’s 19th Congressional District issued a stark warning Tuesday following the Monday announcement by the FBI and DOJ related to the terrorism incident at Naval Air Station Pensacola in December.

“While the threat of COVID-19 may be real for some, we need to ensure we don’t let our guard down when it comes to Islamic terrorism,” said retired Navy Cmdr. Dan Severson, a Congressional candidate running for Florida’s 19th Congressional district, which covers Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Marco Island and Naples.

On Monday, the FBI and DOJ announced they discovered evidence the shooter named Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani was linked to al-Qaida, which they found by hacking Alshamrani’s i-Phones, reportedly because Apple refused to cooperate with the investigation.

“Apple’s decision has dangerous consequences for public safety and national security and is, in my judgment, unacceptable,” Attorney General William Barr said at the announcement.

During the terror attack, Alshamrani killed three Navy sailors and injured eight others.

“When I am elected, I will work with fellow Republicans and our colleagues across the aisle to push for legislation that will require tougher scrutiny of foreign nationals training on U.S. military installations, particularly those coming from countries with known ties to Islamic terrorism,” Severson said.

Severson, a vocal Trump supporter who retired as a commander from the Navy, has been a Florida resident for more than 26 years and previously served as a state legislator in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

“The threat of Islamic extremism is very real, and to think that one of my opponents actually gave the key to the city of Fort Myers to Ilhan Omar, who is a known anti-Semite and supporter of Islamic extremists, is disturbing,” said Severson. “We can and will do much better.”

While serving as a state representative, Severson was known for fighting for strong family values, lower taxes, smaller government, pro-life issues, veteran benefits and judicial accountability.

Severson and his wife Cathy Jo live in Cape Coral and are active members at Life Church in Ft. Myers. He is the most ardent pro-gun supporter of the 2nd amendment and also a major proponent of legislation supporting servicemembers and veterans.

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