The NRA Stands Up To San Fransisco And Put Them On Their Heels After Domestic Terror Resolution
Last week San Fransisco’s Board of Supervisor passed a resolution declaring the NRA a “Domestic Terror Organization. But, the National Rifle Association is now fighting back and has launched a lawsuit against the city. The lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California accuses the city of San Fransico of maintaining a blacklist and asking the court to “instruct elected officials 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 William A. Brewer III, the NRA’s attorney. “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.”
CEO Wayne La Pierre said that the lawsuit is a message that NRA will “never stop fighting for our law-abiding members and their constitutional freedoms.”
The resolution issued by the city of San Fransisco read:
WHEREAS, The National Rifle Association spreads propaganda that misinforms and aims to deceive the public about the dangers of gun violence, and WHEREAS, 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 WHEREAS, The National Rifle Association through its advocacy has armed those individuals who would and have committed acts of terrorism; and WHEREAS, All countries have violent and hateful people, but only in America do we give them ready access to assault weapons and large-capacity magazines thanks, in large part, to the National Rifle Association’s influence; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the City and County of San Francisco intends to declare the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization; and, be it FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City and County of San Francisco should take every reasonable step to assess the financial and contractual relationships our vendors and contractors have with this domestic terrorist organization; and, be it FURTHER RESOLVED, 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; and be it FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City and County of San Francisco should encourage all other jurisdictions, including other cities, states, and the federal government, to adopt similar positions.
Critics of the NRA have shown some disdain for the resolution. Michael McGough who writes for the Los Angeles Times said that the resolution goes a “bridge too far.”
“Police shootings and gun violence understandably inspire strong emotions, and elected officials are no exception. But they need to watch their words, especially when those words are contained in legislation or, in this case, pseudo-legislation,” he wrote.
It is a bridge too far and I think San Fransisco is going to lose this one in court.