The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has declared the National Rifle Association as a domestic terrorist organization. They are also urging that the rest of the country do the same.
Let that sink for a second: an organization is being blamed for crimes (shootings) in which NONE of its members committed. How does that make sense? As a member of the NRA, I find this absolutely appalling!
District 2 Supervisor Catherine Stefani said, “The NRA has it coming to them, and I will do everything I possibly can to call them out on what they are, which is a domestic terrorist organization.”
After citing some statistics about gun violence in the United States – like that there’s been more than one mass shooting per day in the country in 2019 – Stefani got local with how gun violence has impact the Bay Area.
She cited the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28, referencing Stephen Romero, Keyla Salazar and Trevor Irby, who were killed by gunman Santino William Legan in what she called a “senseless act of gun violence that day.”
The resolution also claims that the NRA “spreads propaganda,” “promotes extremist positions,” and has “through its advocacy has armed those individuals who would and have committed acts of terrorism.”
The board’s resolution (which was passed unanimously) blames the NRA for gun violence. Once again, I reiterate, the organization is being blamed for crimes that none of its members have committed.
“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.” The resolution reads, adding that the DOJ “includes any individual or member of an organization commits an act that the actor knows, or reasonably should know, affords material support, including communications, funds, weapons, or training to any individual has committed or plans to commit a terrorist act.”
The resolution continued, “The National Rifle Association musters its considerable wealth and organizational strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence, and the National Rifle Association spreads propaganda that misinforms and aims to deceive the public about the dangers of gun violence, and the leadership of National Rifle Association promotes extremist positions, in defiance of the views of a majority of its membership and the public, and undermine the general welfare, and the National Rifle Association through its advocacy has armed those individuals who would and have committed acts of terrorism.”
The Board of Supervisors is calling for San Francisco to “take every reasonable step to limit … entities who do business with the City and County of San Francisco from doing business” where the NRA is regarded.