San Francisco declares NRA a ‘domestic terrorist organization’

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The city of San Francisco has officially denounced the National Rifle Association (NRA) as a ‘domestic terrorist organisation’ in a new resolution – and the representatives responsible are urging other American cities to follow suit.

Passed by the Californian city’s board of supervisors Tuesday, the resolution states the US is currently ‘plagued by an epidemic of gun violence,’ and accuses the NRA of using its vast organisational strength and considerable capital to ‘promote gun ownership and incite gun owners into acts of violence’.

‘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,’ the resolution states.

The document’s author, District 2 Supervisor Catherine Stefani, went a step further and accused NRA officials of spreading propaganda that ‘misinforms and aims to deceive the public’ about the dangers of gun violence, in statement to KTVU.

The city of San Francisco has officially denounced the National Rifle Association (NRA) as a ‘domestic terrorist organisation’ in a new resolution – and the representatives responsible are urging other American cities and lawmakers to follow suit (NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre pictured above)

The city of San Francisco has officially denounced the National Rifle Association (NRA) as a ‘domestic terrorist organisation’ in a new resolution – and the representatives responsible are urging other American cities and lawmakers to follow suit (NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre pictured above)

The city of San Francisco has officially denounced the National Rifle Association (NRA) as a ‘domestic terrorist organisation’ in a new resolution – and the representatives responsible are urging other American cities and lawmakers to follow suit (NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre pictured above)

Passed on Tuesday, the resolution states the US is currently ‘plagued by an epidemic of gun violence,’ and accuses the NRA of using its vast organisational strength and considerable capital to ‘promote gun ownership and incite gun owners into acts of violence’

Passed on Tuesday, the resolution states the US is currently ‘plagued by an epidemic of gun violence,’ and accuses the NRA of using its vast organisational strength and considerable capital to ‘promote gun ownership and incite gun owners into acts of violence’

Passed on Tuesday, the resolution states the US is currently ‘plagued by an epidemic of gun violence,’ and accuses the NRA of using its vast organisational strength and considerable capital to ‘promote gun ownership and incite gun owners into acts of violence’

Stefani cites the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting on July 28 as the inspiration behind the motion, in which a gunman killed three before shooting himself dead.

‘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 continued.

Stefani also highlighted the other mass shootings that happened shortly afterwards in the document, such as the El Paso Walmart shooting and the Dayton Massacre, both of which took place within just 10 hours of each other.

‘People are dying every day in this country, and doing nothing is not an option, and that is what the NRA continues to do,’ Stefani slammed.

Passed unanimously, document seeks to revise the relationships that those who do business with the city have the gun rights group, saying ‘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.’

The document’s author, District 2 Supervisor Catherine Stefani (right), went a step further and accused NRA officials of spreading propaganda that ‘misinforms and aims to deceive the public’ about the dangers of gun violence

The document’s author, District 2 Supervisor Catherine Stefani (right), went a step further and accused NRA officials of spreading propaganda that ‘misinforms and aims to deceive the public’ about the dangers of gun violence

The document’s author, District 2 Supervisor Catherine Stefani (right), went a step further and accused NRA officials of spreading propaganda that ‘misinforms and aims to deceive the public’ about the dangers of gun violence

Members of the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America take part in a rally against gun violence at the city hall on August 17, 2019 in San Francisco

Members of the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America take part in a rally against gun violence at the city hall on August 17, 2019 in San Francisco

Members of the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America take part in a rally against gun violence at the city hall on August 17, 2019 in San Francisco

The document itself carries no legal weight, however, it calls on San Francisco officials to reach out to lawmakers from other cities, states and even the federal government to follow suit and adopt similar declarations (pictured: San Francisco's board of supervisors)

The document itself carries no legal weight, however, it calls on San Francisco officials to reach out to lawmakers from other cities, states and even the federal government to follow suit and adopt similar declarations (pictured: San Francisco's board of supervisors)

The document itself carries no legal weight, however, it calls on San Francisco officials to reach out to lawmakers from other cities, states and even the federal government to follow suit and adopt similar declarations (pictured: San Francisco’s board of supervisors)

The document itself carries no legal weight, however, it calls on San Francisco officials to reach out to lawmakers from other cities, states and even the federal government to follow suit and adopt similar declarations.

In response, the NRA fired back at the resolution as a ‘ludicrous’ exercise and waste of government time that could’ve been better spent addressing the city’s myriad of social issues.

‘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 organisation pledged to ‘continue working to protect the constitutional rights of all freedom-loving Americans.’

In response, the NRA fired back at the resolution as a ‘ludicrous’ exercise and waste of government time that could’ve been better spent addressing the city’s myriad of social issues

In response, the NRA fired back at the resolution as a ‘ludicrous’ exercise and waste of government time that could’ve been better spent addressing the city’s myriad of social issues

In response, the NRA fired back at the resolution as a ‘ludicrous’ exercise and waste of government time that could’ve been better spent addressing the city’s myriad of social issues

The NRA’s response comes just days after they publicly decried Walmart for its decision to cease selling certain types of ammunition and also banning customers from entering the store with firearms.

In addition to San Francisco’s representatives, Democrats across the country have called for crack downs on gun ownership, in the wake of this year’s spate of violence gun crime.

Many presidential hopefuls have even proposed mandatory buyback programs, such as Beto O’Rourke, who bluntly told the media that would be his plan, should he take over the White House.

‘I want to be really clear that that’s exactly what we are going to do,’ O’Rourke said. ‘Americans who own AR-15s, AK-47s, will have to sell them to the government.’

But Republicans such as Ted Cruz have discredited the proposition, insisting gun violence is still prevalent in major cities like Chicago which have strict gun laws in place.

‘Gun control doesn’t work. Look at Chicago. Disarming law-abiding citizens isn’t the answer,’ he tweeted Monday.