The latest left-wing lunacy out of San Francisco shouldn’t be all that surprising given the city’s continual leftward bent. In a recent vote, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors decided to declare the National Rifle Association a “domestic terrorist organization.” In doing so the Board just entrenched its position as a laughingstock of the first rank. But could there be real consequences for that declaration?
The Board’s decision to label the NRA a terrorist organization takes a page out of the “Everyone I Don’t Like Is Hitler” book of political discussion that seems to be so popular on message boards and comment sections across the internet. It’s a statement that one would expect a child to make, or someone similarly bereft of the use of reason. The Supervisors don’t like the NRA politically, so they’re intent on demonizing the organization in any way they can.
While we can’t imagine there are too many NRA members in San Francisco, what happens to those members now that they are members of a “domestic terrorist organization”? Are they considered domestic terrorists? Will they face surveillance, arrest, and prison time? Doubtless the Board failed to consider those questions, which wouldn’t be surprising given how infrequently leftists fail to comprehend the consequences of their actions. But for those NRA members still left in the People’s Republic of San Francisco, they’re probably asking themselves those questions right now.
The Board’s rationale for its decision was as laughable as the decision itself. In one sentence the Board claimed that the NRA “through its advocacy has armed those individuals who would and have committed acts of terrorism.” Well, by that standard the ACLU’s advocacy for the First Amendment inspired the actions of the Unabomber, BTK, and a whole host of other criminals and domestic terrorists. As usual, the left has to clutch at straws to try to make its case, which anyone with half a brain can see right through.
That doesn’t mean there won’t be consequences, however, as the Board believes that “the City and County of San Francisco should take every reasonable step to limit those entities who do business with the City and County of San Francisco from doing business with this domestic terrorist organization.” Don’t be surprised to see other cities follow San Francisco’s lead. So if you’re a business owner or executive of a company that has a relationship with the NRA, you may find yourself under pressure to make some tough choices in the future. Just make sure you choose wisely.