Thomas Gallatin / September 5, 2019

Labeling Law-Abiding Gun Owners ‘Terrorists’

San Francisco’s city council officially labels the NRA a “domestic terrorist organization.”

Ever since the 2017 school attack in Parkland, Florida, the anti-gun lobby has repeatedly called the nation’s oldest Second Amendment advocate and defender — the National Rifle Association — a “terrorist organization.” Well, on Tuesday the San Francisco Board of Supervisors sought to make this fallacious designation official, unanimously passing a resolution declaring the five-million-member NRA to be a “domestic terrorist organization.” The resolution states, “All countries have violent and hateful people, but only in America do we give the ready access to assault weapons and large-capacity magazines thanks, in large part, to the National Rifle Association’s influence.” The resolution aims to “limit those entities who do business with the City and County of San Francisco from doing business with this domestic terrorist organization.”

But its real intention goes far beyond one city or one organization, weakened as the NRA is by fratricidal infighting. This is the Left’s direct assault against all law-abiding gun owners and Americans’ Second Amendment rights.

The resolution’s nonsensical claim that the NRA promotes terror because it supposedly incites “gun owners to acts of violence” is patently false, and the framer of this resolution, Supervisor Catherine Stefani, knows it. This is akin to blaming silverware manufactures for America’s obesity problem.

By labeling the NRA and by extension all law-abiding gun owners as terrorists who present a “threat to public safety,” the anti-gun Left hopes to so demonize the NRA that anyone associated with it is effectively labeled a danger to society. It’s not hard to imagine companies feeling pressured into refusing to do business with anyone who is an NRA member and eventually anyone who is a firearm owner. Look no further than Walmart’s recent decision to stop selling most ammunition. Such totalitarian results are what the anti-Second Amendment Left is really aiming for.

Update: The NRA has filed suit against the city of San Francisco for this blatant violation of its First (and Second) Amendment rights.

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