San Francisco Labels NRA as Terrorist Organization
The San Francisco Board of supervisors unanimously passed a resolution on September 4 labeling the National Rifle Association (nra) as a domestic terrorist organization. The resolution accused the nra of using its resources to promote gun ownership and “incite gun owners to acts of violence.”
The board went on to say that the nra “spreads propaganda that misinforms and aims to deceive the public about the dangers of gun violence” while promoting “extremist positions.” The resolution follows a recent slew of mass shootings.
The declaration was written by supervisor Catherine Stefani, who said, “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.”
She later told the Washington Post that the National Rifle Association had earned the terrorist label because of how it is “fueling the hate fire in this country.” nra spokesperson Amy Hunter called the resolution a “reckless assault on a law-abiding organization, its members and the freedoms they all stand for.”
The Department of Justice defines terrorist activity as the use of explosives, firearms or other weapons with “intent to endanger directly or indirectly, the safety of one or more individuals.” Any organization that provides funds, weapons or training to individuals intent on acts of terror is also included in the definition.
There is no law that actually covers domestic terrorism in the United States. But San Francisco’s resolution allows it to treat the National Rifle Association as a terrorist organization, which enables officials to take “every reasonable step to assess the financial and contractual relationships [city] vendors and contractors” have with the group.
There is an idealogical agenda behind the resolution. By calling the nra, which says its main purpose is “to champion Second Amendment rights,” a domestic terrorist organization, San Francisco is lumping it in with groups such as the Klu Klux Klan and the Black Liberation Army. In doing so, it is attacking the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which limits the federal government’s power to infringe upon the people’s right to bear arms.
Many on the left are determined to repeal the Second Amendment, if not in totality, then at least in essence. Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’ Rourke recently said he would establish a “mandatory buyback” of assault weapons if elected president. Last year, YouGov and the Economist published poll results showing that 39 percent of Democrats and 8 percent of Republicans would like to repeal the Second Amendment.
Yet this stance completely ignores the reason America’s founders included the amendment in the Constitution.
In his article “Will Gun Control Solve Our Problems?”, Trumpet executive editor Stephen Flurry wrote, “The Founding Fathers thought this amendment was so important that they put it second—right after the amendment that protects free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and freedom of religion!”
In America Under Attack, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes, “The Second Amendment in the U.S. protects the people’s right to bear arms, but for what? If you listen to the left, you would never know. To hear them talk about it, its purpose is so Americans can go out and shoot deer. That isn’t the reason for the Second Amendment at all. The main point was to protect the citizens from government tyranny. The government might decide to take over, and if you don’t have guns or something to defend yourself, what are you going to do (unless you have God’s protection)?”
Human nature is the root cause behind murder and gun violence. Repealing the Second Amendment and mandating “buybacks” of certain rifle types may convince some law-abiding citizens to turn in their guns. But gangs and drug cartels are not about to turn over their weapons. The fact that the San Francisco Board of supervisors just declared the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist group will not end gun violence in America. Labeling law-abiding Americans as terrorists will only inflame the political division in the U.S.
You do not have to agree with everything the nra says to see that there is a big difference between American citizens concerned with protecting their Second Amendment rights and terrorists. But in a world turned upside down, the officials governing the city of San Francisco have given illegal immigrants (some of whom are drug cartel operatives) the right to vote in local elections, while condemning American citizens who take part in National Rifle Association meetings as terrorists.
This activity is an attack on the very concept of law. It is stirring up hatred and resentment against law-abiding Americans, while turning a blind eye to those who disregard the law. The lawless spirit behind this type of thinking seeks to tear down America’s constitutional system of government and replace it with a tyrannical system.
Bible prophecy reveals that violence and war will consume America as the nation abandons the rule of law. “A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee …” (Ezekiel 5:12).
The word translated pestilence means destruction or death. With the calls for tighter gun laws being driven partly by the perceived problem of white supremacist shooters, we could be on the precipice of seeing two volatile issues—guns and race—converge dangerously. But the ills of society are ultimately a consequence of breaking God’s law.
Mr. Stephen Flurry went on to write, “Gun control is not going to solve the problem. Man’s evil nature needs to be changed.” Upon the glorious return of Jesus Christ, the law will be upheld and respected, man’s nature will be changed, and there will be peace on this Earth as there has never been before.