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Gun control: San Francisco starts a showdown with the NRA

2019-09-05T14:31:30.777Z

The California City Supervisory Board urges other cities and states and the federal government to consider the NRA as an "internal terrorist organization."


Participants in the historic demonstration of 24 March 2018 to call for an end to the free movement of arms. Josh Edelson / AP

If the US Congress seems paralyzed in the face of the gun control issue, the pressure is slowly rising in the United States. The San Francisco Supervisory Board, the legislative body of the city government and San Francisco County, California, unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday, September 3, designating the National Rifle Association (NRA). , the powerful lobby proarmes) as an "internal terrorist organization". The supervisory board enjoins other cities and states and the federal government to assign the same qualification to the NRA.

Representative Catherine Stefani presented the text after the shootings that took place on July 28 at the Garlic Festival, one of the main gatherings of state gastronomy. A 19-year-old man who is interested in "violent ideologies," according to the FBI, fired about 40 bullets with an AK-47-type assault rifle. He killed a 6 year old, a 13 year old teenager and a 25 year old male before committing suicide. Thirteen people were also injured.

Catherine Stefani accuses the NRA of being responsible for the proliferation of firearms in the United States and mass shootings that have become almost daily:

"The NRA exists to spread misinformation and knowingly put weapons in the hands of those who could harm us and terrorize us by blocking common sense violence prevention laws, and advocating dangerous laws like the law" Stand your Ground "(literally" hold your position "or" defend your territory "), carrying unlicensed weapons and weapons in schools, from kindergarten to university"

#SanFrancisco District 2 @SupStefani wrote the scathing statement in part, "The @NRA spreads propaganda t ... https://t.co/C7qBAJfTOZ

- KTVU (@KTVU)

She also described the NRA as a misogynist organization because of its position on the possibility of arming domestic violence perpetrators. On average, at least 52 women are shot every month by their mate, reports Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit organization that campaigns for gun control and gun violence. "It's time to rid the country of the NRA and call them what they really are: it's a national terrorist organization , " says Stefani.

NRA's response

Resolutions are largely symbolic and often used by supervisors as a profession of faith. Yet, the NRA responded, saying it is a communications operation, and that the resolution "aims to divert attention away from the real problems that San Francisco faces, such as the proliferation of homeless people. drug abuse and soaring petty crime, to name a few , " said the organization in a statement.

"The NRA will continue to work to protect the constitutional rights of all freedom-loving Americans. "

This stunt is an effort to distract from the problems facing #SanFrancisco, such as rampant homelessness, drug abuse ... https://t.co/Osae6NIAWl

- NRA (@NRA)

The organization is nevertheless under pressure after the attack on El Paso and facing the multiplication of mass killings in the United States. Retail giant Walmart announced Tuesday it will end the sale of semi-automatic ammunition. Walmart has also asked its customers to refrain from walking around its banners with firearms in plain view in those states where it is permitted to wear them visibly. The NRA reacted to this decision by saying regret that Walmart "succumbs to pressure from anti-arms elites" .

Bill in abeyance

After every mass shooting in the United States, the organization that claims 5 million members weighs all its political and financial weight to bury any initiative to limit access to individual weapons.

For example, the Democrat House of Representatives passed a bill in February to extend buyer background checks to all arms sales. But the text is blocked in the Senate, the leader of the Republican Mitch McConnell, rated "A +" by the NRA, the highest rating, refuses to put it on the agenda.

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