San Francisco Just Declared The National Rifle Association A Terrorist Organisation
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution declaring the National Rifle Association (NRA) a "domestic terrorist organisation".
In a meeting on Tuesday, the 11 Board members voted unanimously to adopt the motion and said the NRA promotes "promotes extremist positions".
The board is a legislative body within the government of the City and County of San Francisco.
“The National Rifle Association musters its considerable wealth and organizational strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence,” it read.
“The National Rifle Association spreads propaganda that misinforms and aims to deceive the public about the dangers of gun violence.
The leadership of National Rifle Association promotes extremist positions, in defiance of the views of a majority of its membership and the public, and undermine the general welfare.
As the Board's role is mostly symbolic, the resolution does not form local policy, but acts as a recommendation for the governments of the city and county of San Francisco.
The resolution also states the city and county of San Francisco should assess its financial and contractual relationships with businesses that are associated with the NRA, and calls on other federal and state governments to do the same.
“The City and County of San Francisco should take every reasonable step to limit those entities who do business with the City and County of San Francisco from doing business with this domestic terrorist organisation,” it said.
The resolution comes after three people were killed and 12 were injured in a mass shooting at a food festival in Gilroy, an hour south of San Francisco in July.
The Board also cited the disproportionate number of shootings experienced in the U.S to other high income countries in the world.
The country experiences 25 times more deaths by gun violence than other high income countries, at an average of 100 a day.
The NRA has hit back at the declaration it is a 'terrorist organisation' and called it a "reckless assault".
"This is a reckless assault on a law-abiding organisation, it’s members, and the freedoms they all stand for," it tweeted.
"We remain undeterred -- guided by our values and belief in those who want to find real solutions to violence."
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