SAN Francisco has branded the National Rifle Association a “domestic terrorist organisation”, claiming it “incites gun owners to acts of violence”.
Council bosses condemned America’s most powerful pro-gun lobby group as the number of mass shootings in the country reached 297 this year.
A gun advocate at a counter protest to those opposing the NRA’s annual convention last year. The NRA America’s most powerful pro-gun lobby group[/caption]
The National Rifle Association has been branded a ‘domestic terrorist organisation’[/caption]
The resolution – passed by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors – cites the July mass shooting at the city’s Gilroy Garlic Festival, which killed three in July.
KTVU reports that the author wrote the text after that shooting.
The resolution says America is “plagued by an epidemic of gun violence” and accuses the NRA of using “its considerable wealth and organisation strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence”.
It continues: “All countries have violent and hateful people, but only in America do we give them ready access to assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, thanks, in large part, to the National Rifle Association’s influence.”
The bill also urges the city and county to reconsider its relationship with companies that do business with the NRA.
But the NRA hit back, calling it a “ludicrous stunt” to “distract from the real problems facing San Francisco”.
District Two Supervisor Catherine Stefani, who wrote the resolution for the Democrat-controlled city, said: “The NRA has it coming to them.”
She told KTVU: “The NRA exists to spread dis-information, and knowingly puts guns into the hands of those who would harm and terrorise us.”
Catherine said she began writing the resolution after the Gilroy Garlic Festival attack in which a gunman killed three people before killing himself.
The NRA has it coming to them
Democrats have often blamed the NRA for fuelling mass shootings.
But the bill was slammed by conservative Republicans, who oppose most efforts to restrict private gun ownership, and disagree with many of the policies passed by San Francisco.
The resolution comes after seven people were killed and 22 injured after a gunman went on a ten-mile shooting rampage in Texas.
High school student Leila Hernandez, 15, was among those killed during Saturday’s attack in West Texas.
A mass shooter hijacked a mail van and rampaged through Odessa and neighbouring Midland.
Authorities initially feared that two shooters in two separate vehicles – a small Toyota truck and the hijacked postal van – were carrying out the attack.
But Midland Police later confirmed that one shooter, later identified as Seth Ator, 36, was chased down and shot dead at a Cinergy cinema in Odessa.
Among the 21 injured was a child under the age of two who was rushed hospital in an unknown condition.
All countries have violent and hateful people, but only in America do we give them ready access to assault weapons and large-capacity magazines
The shooting came at the end of an already violent month in Texas.
On August 3, gunman Patrick Crusius killed 22 people at a Walmart in the border city of El Paso.
A separate mass shooting the following day left nine dead in Dayton, Ohio.
The Odessa massacre is the latest in a list of mass shootings, which has killed 70 people since 2016 in Texas alone.
Saturday’s shooting brings the number of mass killings in the US so far this year to 25, matching the number in all of 2018, according to a national database.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is one of the most powerful – and controversial – organisations in the world.
There are five million members located across the US.
The NRA is an American non-profit organisation and in 2017 they spend at least $4.1 million (£3.3million) on lobbying.
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The group has faced renewed criticism amid increased calls for stricter gun laws in America since a mass shooting at a Florida school last year.
Seventeen pupils and staff were killed by a teen gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Another 17 were wounded by expelled former pupil Nikolas Cruz, 19, in Parkland, near Miami in south Florida.
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Students participate in a protest against gun violence during the National School Walkout in Los Angeles, California[/caption]
Odessa and Midland police and sheriff’s deputies surround a white van in Odessa, Texas[/caption]
Texas shooter Seth Aaron Ator, 36, is seen grinning in a police mugshot from 2001[/caption]