September 6, 2019
Unsettled by recent mass shootings across the nation—including the latest, in Odessa, Texas—the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution (No. 190841) this week “declaring the National Rifle Association to be a domestic terrorist organization and urging other cities, states, and the federal government to do the same.”
The resolution was introduced by Supervisor Catherine Stefani on July 30—two days after a shooting at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California, in which three people were killed and more than a dozen others injured, The New York Times reported.
Before the resolution was put to a vote on Tuesday , September 3, Stefani spoke about the “carnage across this country,” also citing mass shootings last month in El Paso; Dayton, Ohio; and near Odessa, Texas.
Stefani said the NRA conspires to limit gun violence research, restrict gun violence data sharing and block every piece of sensible gun violence prevention legislation proposed at local, state, and federal levels.
“The NRA exists to spread pro-gun propaganda and put weapons in the hands of those who would harm and terrorize us,”. Stefani said in a statement. “Nobody has done more to fan the flames of gun violence than the NRA.”
While the resolution has no practical effect,. Stefani said in an interview with the Times on Wednesday, “I firmly believe that words matter, and I think this is a step in fighting the negative impact of the NRA.”
The N.R.A. characterized the action as “a publicity stunt.”
“This is just another worthless and disgusting ‘sound-bite remedy’ to the violence epidemic gripping our nation,” Amy Hunter, a spokesperson for the association, said in a statement on Wednesday, according to the Times. “This is a reckless assault on a law-abiding organization, its members, and the freedoms they all stand for. We remain undeterred, guided by our values and belief in those who want to find real solutions to gun violence.” Stefani referred to the federal Justice Department’s definition of terrorist activity, which involves the use of a firearm, weapon or dangerous device to endanger the safety of individuals. The definition also includes members of organizations that provide funds, weapons or training to individuals who commit terrorist acts.
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