San Francisco Deems NRA a Domestic Terrorist Organization 🌁

Adrees Latif / Reuters

Adrees Latif / Reuters

NRA out of the Bay Area

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors published a resolution that deemed the National Rifle Association (NRA) a "domestic terrorist organization." In the aftermath of mass shootings at the Gilroy Garlic Festival and others throughout the nation, officials attribute the organization as the reason to why the US is "plagued by an epidemic of gun violence."

Is the resolution a solution? 

The resolution urges the city to distance itself economically and politically from the NRA to "take every reasonable step to limit ... entities who do business with the City and County of San Francisco from doing business" as well as others throughout the country to do the same. In response, the NRA scoffed at the resolution as a "ludicrous stunt" meant to distract from problems that the city faces.


LEANING RIGHT:

Townhall: San Francisco Smears One Of The Nation's Oldest Civil Rights Organization A Domestic Terror Group

Breitbart: San Francisco Supervisors Vote Unanimously to Designate NRA ‘Domestic Terrorist Organization’

The right believes that the resolution is unnecessary and will be ineffective in actually preventing gun abuse. One source from Fox references strict gun laws in Chicago that have failed to do so. They view the resolution as another unjust attack on responsible citizen's 2nd amendment rights and NRA spokeswoman Amy Hunter even called it a "reckless assault on a law-abiding organization, its members, and the freedoms they all stand for" in a statement to CNN.

LEANING LEFT:

SF Gate: SF Board of Supervisors declare National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization

CNN: NRA rips San Francisco Board of Supervisors after being labeled a 'domestic terrorist organization'

The left views the NRA's opposition to gun control as a hindrance to saving lives and preventing further gun violence and they note the lack of action from the president, Republican government officials, and the CEO of the NRA. Coverage also includes statistics mentioned in the resolution, including "100 Americans are killed daily by gun violence," meaning the U.S.'s gun homicide rate is 25 times that of any other country. 


Where's the common ground?

With increasingly more frequent shootings, both sides want to find solutions to best protect citizens. While their methods may differ, the left and the right agree that the government holds the power to do so. 

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