NRA Claims Victory in San Francisco Dispute
When the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to label the NRA as terrorists on September 3, they were faced with a lawsuit just a few days later. Now the NRA claims victory after the Mayor of San Francisco issued a statement saying that the city cannot force businesses to cut ties with any group. (KTVU)
“Put simply, the government cannot discriminate against citizens based on the viewpoint of their political speech.” Read the rest of the suit here: https://t.co/bnD7nGUZFt (2/2) pic.twitter.com/IYKwaANmhI
— NRA (@NRA) September 10, 2019
NRA claims victory
The original resolution called upon San Francisco businesses to “re-evaluate” their ties with the NRA. Which has what the NRA called a “chilling effect” on freedom of association, as well as the Constitution. They said the Mayor’s letter was a “clear concession.”
Maybe not exactly “clear.” The Mayor still believes the NRA is responsible for gun violence.
“Mayor London Breed and Dennis J. Herrera, the city attorney, penned a formal memo to officials on Sept. 23 stating no city “department will take steps to restrict any contractor from doing business with the NRA or to restrict city contracting opportunities for any business that has any relationship with the NRA.”
In a letter co-written with the City Attorney, Mayor London Breed only told them that a resolution could not change the law. She also applauded the board of supervisors for their thoughts regarding the effects of the role of the NRA in gun violence.
“Regrettably, this court, too must step in to instruct elected officials that freedom of speech means you cannot silence or punish those with whom you disagree.”
When the NRA released their claim of victory, Mayor Breed took issue with it:
You would think an organization responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans every year from gun violence would lay low on the anniversary of the Las Vegas shooting but apparently no one feels shame anymore. https://t.co/XCkpdi2ik7
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) October 1, 2019
Mayor Breed, along with other anti-gun Democrats, continue to feel that the NRA is responsible for gun violence. But the NRA has nothing to do with criminals who use guns. They do not advocate violence. They advocate for legal gun ownership, not killing. To say that they do is nuts from the beginning.
Featured photo: Official portrait of Mayor Breed