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The NRA hits back at San Francisco

Last week the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco designated the NRA a “domestic terror group”. And now the NRA is taking them to court.

Well, if the city of San Francisco didn’t see this coming, they probably shouldn’t have done it in the first place when just last week, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors (as if any organization needed a board such as that) voted to designate the National Rifle Association as a domestic terror organization.

While I am not a member of the NRA, the fact that a Board of Supervisors would just haul off and label the nation’s largest pro 2nd Amendment group as a terror organization is inane.

But that is what they did. And yesterday, the NRA hit back, suing the city in the Northern District of California.

William Brewer, an attorney for the NRA stated:

“This action is an assault on all advocacy organizations across the country. There can be no place in our society for this manner of behavior by government officials. Fortunately, the NRA, like all U.S. citizens, is protected by the First Amendment.”

Therein lies the rub. The city of San Francisco can bloviate all they want about the NRA’s “terrorist activities” but the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of speech in addition to the right to self-defense.

While I haven’t been a fan of everything that has been going on at the NRA, or the way they’ve gone about supporting the 2nd Amendment, I most certainly agree with them on this point. The NRA is an advocacy group made up of citizens and the city of San Francisco has made it clear that it not only considers the NRA a terrorist group, but that any person who is a member or supports them is a terrorist too.

At a time when division between political groups is at an all-time high, this type of rhetoric does nothing to cool tensions. Hopefully, the courts will see the terrorist declaration for what it is: an attempt to chill free speech.

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