‘The National Rifle Association through its advocacy has armed those individuals who would and have committed acts of terrorism’
Are you a National Rifle Association member? If so, the city of San Francisco now officially thinks you’re part of a terrorist group.
According to a report at SFGate, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday night declaring the NRA a terrorist organization.
The three-page document resolves “That the City and County of San Francisco intends to declare the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization.” It goes on to accuse the group of arming people “who would and have committed acts of terrorism” while spreading “propaganda that misinforms and aims to deceive the public about the dangers of gun violence.”
The resolution also says that the NRA “musters its considerable wealth and organizational strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence” and that the group’s leadership “promotes extremist positions.” The latter is the only part of the document that makes a distinction between the group’s membership and leadership.
The resolution, which passed unanimously, also says that “the City and County of San Francisco should take every reasonable step to limit those entities who do business with the City and County of San Francisco from doing business with this domestic terrorist organization.”
Supervisor Catherine Stefani, who authored the document, said in a KTVU-TV report that “The NRA has it coming to them, and I will do everything that I possibly can to call them out on what they are, which is a domestic terrorist organization.” She also wants to get other local governments to pass similar resolutions.
Of course, the NRA’s strength lies in its membership. While the group is often portrayed by some as a big-spending gun advocacy bogeyman, the numbers simply don’t support that characterization when viewed in context. The actual reason for the group’s influence lies in being able to successfully mobilize people who just care about their fundamental right to self-defense. The New York Times admitted as much in 2018.
Yet, regardless of how many dues-paying members the group has, they’re all now formally considered terrorists in the eyes of the San Francisco government.
The NRA fired back, telling the KTVU that the Northern California city has bigger problems to focus on.
“This ludicrous stunt by the Board of Supervisors is an effort to distract from the real problems facing San Francisco, such as rampant homelessness, drug abuse and skyrocketing petty crime, to name a few,” the gun rights group said in a statement. “The NRA will continue working to protect the constitutional rights of all freedom-loving Americans.”
Author: Nate Madden