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San Francisco Board of Supervisors declares NRA a ‘domestic terrorist organization’

11 supervisors urge examination of city’s financial ties to companies supporting National Rifle Association.

Sandi Lisko attends a vigil for recent victims of gun violence outside the National Rifle Association’s headquarters building, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Fairfax, Va.
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In a declaration released Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors declared the National Rifle Association to be a “domestic terrorist organization.”

The declaration was passed unanimously by the board’s 11 supervisors and urged the city to think about how it deals with companies who support the NRA.

District 2 Supervisor Catherine Stefani wrote the declaration, which stated the NRA uses its wealth and organizational strength to “(promote) gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence” while “(spreading) propaganda that misinforms the public about the dangers of gun violence.”

The declaration also noted that 36,000 people Americans die in gun-related incidents every year and that there are more than 393 millions guns in the United States, which exceeds the country’s current total population.

Stefani wrote the declaration after the July shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, where three people were killed — all of whom were under the age of 26.

“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,” Stefani said in an interview with KQED. “When they use phrases like, ‘I’ll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands’ on bumper stickers, they are saying reasoned debate about public safety should be met with violence.”

In response to the passing of the declaration, NRA spokeswoman Amy Hunter stated it to be “just another worthless and disgusting ‘sound bite remedy’ to the violence epidemic gripping (the) nation.”

“This ludicrous stunt by the Board of Supervisors is an effort to distract from the real problems facing San Francisco, such as rampant homelessness, drug abuse and skyrocketing petty crime,” Hunter said in a statement, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “The board is wasting taxpayer dollars to declare five million law-abiding Americans domestic terrorists, and it’s shameful.”

This backlash against the NRA comes after a number of mass shootings in the past month, including two in Texas and one in Ohio.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit that tracks every mass shooting in the country, the number of mass shootings across the United States so far in 2019 has outnumbered the days of the year. As of Sept. 1, the 244th day of the year, there have been 283 mass shootings in the United States — two of which happened within 24 hours of each other.

The number of mass shootings that have occurred puts 2019 on a pace to be the first year since 2016 with an average of more than one mass shooting per day.