The fact that regular mass shootings are pretty much a foregone conclusion in the U.S. is a sad reality that the federal government seems to be unwilling to do anything about. It doesn’t seem to matter how many innocent people are killed—money talks, and as long as the NRA continues to pour money into political funds, nothing is likely to change. Because of this, the city of San Francisco has decided to take matters into their own hands by officially designating the National Rifle Association as a domestic terrorist organization.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously reached the decision to brand the NRA as terrorists and they think other government bodies, whether local, state, or federal, to follow suit.
The @NRA’s worst nightmare was that American women, mothers and others would organize against them. And not only did are we going toe to toe with them, we’re beating them.— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) September 4, 2019
We wear gun lobbyists’ fear as perfume. 💪💪💪 https://t.co/IfFfMGaijy
As Supervisor Catherine Stefani explained to KQED News, “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.”
Of course, the NRA wasn’t too happy about this decision. Their spokesperson Amy Hunter voiced the organization’s protest, saying, “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. … [San Francisco is] wasting taxpayer dollars to declare five million law-abiding Americans domestic terrorists.”
This week the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to declare the NRA a “terrorist organization.” Yes. More of this. Since the Columbine massacre in 1999, the number of gun deaths in the US (that’s Americans killing Americans)— it’s as if 9/11 has now happened 160 more times.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) September 5, 2019
We can only hope that other cities, states, and even the federal government will take note.