A controversial take has been introduced by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently, one that classifies the National Rifle Association as a domestic terrorist organization.
On September 3, 2019, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors met to discuss a multitude of local topics. One of these topics, order 190841, was in regards to declaring the NRA a domestic terrorist organization. The official documentation, available online, lists all of their reasons, as well as the desired resolution. Here they are, summarized:
- The United States has too much gun violence annually.
- There have been too many mass shooting in 2019.
- US gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than other nations
- Children are being shot to death in recent shootings.
- Hate crimes have increased by double digits since 2015.
- There are more guns in the US than citizens.
- Our government representatives are sworn by oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
- The US Constitution declares that the country was founded to “insure domestic tranquility, and promote the general welfare.”
- The United States Department of Justice defines terrorist activity, in part, as, “The use of any…explosive, firearm, or other weapon or dangerous device, with intent to endanger, directly or indirectly, the safety of one or more individuals or to cause substantial damage to property”
- An organization that aids in said definition is a terrorist organization
- The NRA “musters its considerable wealth and organizational strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence.”
- The NRA promotes propaganda that aims to mislead and deceive the public about gun violence.
- The NRA promotes extremist positions that undermine general welfare.
- While everywhere has violence, the NRA promotes ready access to assault weapons and large-capacity magazines to people with violence and hateful tendencies.
- San Fransisco should declare the NRA a domestic terrorist organization.
- the City of San Fransisco should investigate local businesses and their relationship with the NRA.
- the City of San Fransisco should do their best to limit business done with the NRA.
- The City of San Fransisco should encourage other cities, states, and the federal government to do the same.
What This Means for San Fran Locals
In short, the city of SF is looking to make it hard for local businesses to do business with the NRA in their city. This will leave a strong majority of businesses unaffected, but you might see a change at local gun stores or shooting ranges. As for what exactly depends on what the NRA was paying them to do.
This is NOT legislation to limit gun sales or to “take your guns away.”
According to a statement with KTVU, the NRA has responded to this resolution. Sourced by Fox News.
“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 NRA will continue working to protect the constitutional rights of all freedom-loving Americans.”
The resolution is currently sitting at the mayor’s office, where it will take further steps before being made official.