Just a week ago, members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors came out with a declaration within the city. Their claim? The NRA is a domestic terror organization.
Legal gun owners around the country were outraged, essentially being labeled as threats to the country because of their affiliation with the group.
On Monday, the massive organization fired back, filing a lawsuit against the progressive California city.
They say that the board’s decision was reckless.
The suit alleges that the city has attempted to blacklist anyone associated with the NRA, including city workers who may end up losing out on contracts over the issue. They also say that the city violated their free speech for political reasons.
The NRA wanted people to be reminded “that freedom of speech means you cannot silence or punish those with whom you disagree.”
This action is an assault on all advocacy organizations across the country,” said NRA attorney William A. Brewer III. “There can be no place in our society for this manner of behavior by government officials. Fortunately, the NRA, like all U.S. citizens, is protected by the First Amendment.”
The suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, USA TODAY reported.
Supervisor Catherine Stefani said she drafted the resolution because she had “had enough” after the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting. Stefani said she had a ‘vision’ of a child being killed in a bounce house and it ‘sickened’ her.
“They continue to stand in the way of gun violence reform and people are dying because of it,” she said. “I truly believe their time is up.”
According to a report from KQED News, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday designating the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization.
And now they’re urging other municipalities to take the same action.
The board of supervisors said in their resolution that the National Rifle Association spreads “misinformation and propaganda” in attempts to lobby against gun control legislation.
“The NRA conspires to limit gun violence research, restrict gun violence data sharing and most importantly aggressively tries to block every piece of sensible gun violence prevention legislation proposed on any level, local state or federal,” said Supervisor Catherine Stefani.
The group also wants the city to assess contracts that it has with the NRA, and while not barring the city from working with the group in any way, it strongly advises against it.
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Stefani says that the nature of the NRA’s feelings toward gun ownership and laws when it comes to gun regulations is far too aggressive.
“When they use phrases like, ‘I’ll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands’ on bumper stickers, they are saying reasoned debate about public safety should be met with violence,” she said.
In the supervisors’ resolution, they cited the measure as a response to our country’s “epidemic of gun violence, including over 36,000 deaths, and 100,000 injuries each year.” They also cited the fact that the amount of firearms in our country is greater than the number of people.
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But NRA spokeswoman Amy Hunter fired back, saying the board was spending its time focusing on meaningless charades instead of fighting the serious laundry list of problems plaguing the San Francisco area.
“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,” Hunter said.
So does the board’s resolution make everyone involved with the NRA a terrorist?
It seems that way. In essence, their decision has labeled thousands of hardworking, law abiding citizens across the country as the enemy. And it’s wrong.
“The board is wasting taxpayer dollars to declare five million law-abiding Americans domestic terrorists, and it’s shameful,” Hunter said.
Last year a similar situation made national headlines after the then governor of Connecticut, Dan Malloy, said that everyone involved with the NRA was a terrorist.
Our friends had a significant response to that claim.
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Governor Malloy says the NRA is a terrorist organization. But it's made up of people like US. Let's send a message that we aren't terrorists – we're proud Americans.
Posted by Kyle Reyes on Saturday, March 10, 2018
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We are not terrorists.
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