San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution declaring the National Rifle Association (NRA) a “domestic terrorist organization” following recent mass shootings, arguing the gun rights group uses its power and resources “to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence,” reports local Fox affiliate KTVU.
The resolution, which passed on Tuesday, declares the NRA to be a terrorist organization and calls on other cities and government entities to make similar declarations.
The resolution, which carries no legal weight, argues that the group “musters its considerable wealth and organizational strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to 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,” reads the resolution’s text.
The legislation’s author, District 2 Supervisor Catherine Stefani, told KTVU that the organization “has it coming,” and blamed the group for “doing nothing” in the wake of the mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, on the same weekend in August, and this weekend’s shooting in Gilroy, Calif., where four people, including the gunman, were killed.
“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 said.
“We had Dayton, Ohio. We had El Paso, Texas. Now we’ve had Odessa, Texas, and people are dying every day in this country,” Stefani told KTVU. “And doing nothing is not an option, and that it what the NRA continues to do.”
The NRA responded in a statement to KTVU, claiming lawmakers were distracting voters from the real issues facing San Francisco.
“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 organization said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) daughter slammed the NRA in February over a magazine spread that depicts her mother and former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), a victim of gun violence, next to a large headline that reads “Target Practice.”
“We must condemn this intentional, outrageous criminal incitement,” Christine Pelosi tweeted Saturday. “We cannot allow this hate speech to stop common-sense gun violence prevention.”
In another tweet, she accused the gun rights organization of “inciting violence” against the Democratic House leader with the article headline.
Last year, the NRA released a video on Twitter containing a threatening message directed at journalists, warning them “your time is running out”.
In a video shared to the NRATV’s official Twitter account, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch tells “every lying member of the media” that they have “had enough”.
“To every lying member of the media, to every Hollywood phony, to the role model athletes who use their free speech to alter and undermine what our flag represents…Your Time is running out. The clock starts now."
–@DLoesch #Oscars90 pic.twitter.com/SDVjeTxyfB
— NRATV (@NRATV) March 4, 2018