NRA Brings San Francisco to Court Over Calling it ''Domestic Terrorist Organization''

NRA Brings San Francisco to Court Over Calling it ''Domestic Terrorist Organization''1013
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The National Rifle Association opened a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the city of San Francisco. 

Earlier last week, city officials declared that the gun-rights lobby is a ''domestic terrorist organization." The authorities also claimed that NRA was spreading propaganda aiming to deceive the public about the dangers associated with gun violence.

NRA leadership fired back saying that the San Francisco officials were violating the gun's lobby fundamental right of free speech and accused them of blacklisting anyone linked to the NRA. 

The Golden Gate city authorities passed the resolution following a series of high-profile shootings, including in Gilroy, California, where a gunman shot three people dead and injured 17 with an AK-style long gun. 

Since that case, there were at least three more mass shootings - in El Paso, Texas, in Dayton, Ohio, and Odessa, Texas.

According to Catherine Stefani, the San Francisco supervisor who drafted the resolution, too many people lost their lives to gun violence. 

Stefani also criticized the NRA management for they spend the membership fees of their self-proclaimed 5 million members. 

The San Francisco supervisor accused Wayne LaPierre, the NRA CEO in spending these funds on designers' clothing, travel, housing, and inflated salaries. In Stefani's view, the time of the NRA is up. She also believes that the lawsuit is a ''desperate move by a desperate organization."

San Francisco City Attorney's Office spokesman, John Coté also condemned NRA saying that it would rather go to court than deal with the gun violence. In Coté's opinion, the Americans will be better served if the NRA stops trying to get weapons of war into society and do something about gun safety.

Coté pointed out that long-anticipated measures such as universal background checks and assault weapons ban would be a good beginning.

The San Francisco resolution follows steps by corporate America to cut ties with the NRA and its membership. Delta Airlines was first to cancel discounts for NRA members. 

On a national level, Democrat leaders urged President Trump, a close ally of NRA, to push Republicans to agree to expand background checks. There are also efforts to make it possible to seize firearms from people with exhibiting mental health problems.

Some of the biggest retailers nationwide, among which Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, and Albertsons already asked their customers not openly to carry firearms in their premises.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with Catherine Stefani's opinion that the time of the NRA is up?