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Not to mention, the NRA's bylaws
explicitly state:
"No individual who is a member
of, and no organization composed in
whole or in part of individuals who
are members of, any organization or
group having as its purpose or one of
its purposes the overthrow by force
and violence of the Government of
the United States or any of its political
subdivisions shall be eligible for
membership."
While those who engage in actual
terrorist activity are explicitly excluded
from membership, many members
have put everything on the line in
America's fight against terrorists both
foreign and domestic. Nothing I say on
this point can put it as strongly as NRA
Director of Education and Training and
former Navy SEAL Eric Frohardt did in
his response to San Francisco:
"The city of San Francisco declaring
the NRA a 'terrorist organization' is
offensive. Not only to the millions of
NRA members, but to those of us who
fought actual terrorists. I served my
country for nearly 12 years. During that
time, I deployed to hot spots around
the globe fighting real terrorists. I've
seen terrorists up close, I know what
terrorism is. NRA is not a terrorist
organization. Myself and many like me
have risked our lives hundreds, maybe
thousands, of times in defense of this
great nation to fight real terrorists."
San Francisco's disgusting
resolution was put forward by
District 2 Supervisor Catherine
Stefani. According to the Board of
Supervisors' website, Stefani is a
former prosecutor and a "leader and
spokesperson for Moms Demand
Action for Gun Sense in America," a
subsidiary of billionaire gun-control
financier Michael Bloomberg's
Everytown for Gun Safety.
It's rare to encounter an individual
who seemingly made it through
high school civics, an undergraduate
curriculum, Constitutional law and
bar preparation without acquiring
a working knowledge of the Bill of
Rights. Stefani might be surprised to
learn that here in the United States
our right to free speech is protected
by the First Amendment to the
U.S. Constitution. Moreover, the
First Amendment protects "the right
of the people peaceably to assemble,
and to petition the Government for a
redress of grievances." In other words,
the political activities that NRA and its
members engage in.

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Federal, state and local governments
are prohibited from restricting or
engaging in conduct meant to chill the
exercise of First Amendment rights.
Federal courts have made clear that
the First Amendment protection is
most acute in matters involving political
speech and viewpoint discrimination.
Individuals of whatever political
persuasion cannot be allowed to use
the powers of government to suppress
their political opponents. Concerns over
such misuses of government authority
are exactly why we have the First
Amendment. That is why, on Sept. 9, the
NRA filed a federal lawsuit against the
City and County of San Francisco and
the Board of Supervisors.
Thanks to the First and Fourteenth
Amendments to the U.S. Constitution,
local officials cannot use the force of
government to rid themselves of their
political opponents.
The NRA's lawsuit pointed out that
the Board of Supervisors is "intent on
targeting the NRA for its advocacy,
chilling the NRA's and its members'
rights of free speech and association
under the First Amendment, all with
an eye to silence the NRA from the
debate on Second Amendment rights."
Elaborating, the suit made clear that,
"the Resolution intentionally violates the
First Amendment...," as "Defendants'
conduct would chill a person of
ordinary firmness from continuing to
speak against gun control, or from
associating expressively or commercially
with the NRA." The complaint went
on to explain that it is the Board
of Supervisors' goal to establish an
"implicit censorship regime" targeted
at those who do not subscribe to the
Board's anti-gun viewpoints.
42 U.S.C. ยง 1983 provides
Americans with a civil remedy for the
deprivation of their constitutional
rights. The statute states:
"Every person who, under color
of any statute, ordinance, regulation,
custom, or usage, of any State or
Territory or the District of Columbia,
subjects, or causes to be subjected,
any citizen of the United States or
other person within the jurisdiction
thereof to the deprivation of any rights,
privileges, or immunities secured by the
Constitution and laws, shall be liable to
the party injured in an action at law, suit
in equity, or other proper proceeding for
redress..."
The lawsuit made clear that the NRA
is entitled to an injunction preventing the
defendants from continuing their current
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course of conduct, actual damages,
punitive damages and attorney's fees.
Disturbing tactics like those
employed by the San Francisco Board of
Supervisors are unfortunately becoming
the new norm for those who wish to
defeat the NRA and America's more
than 100 million gun owners. With
their gun-control policies repeatedly
rejected in the marketplace of ideas
that is the American political system,
anti-gun extremists have resorted to
direct attacks on the NRA in an attempt
to disrupt our ability to mobilize and
coordinate American gun owners.
Whether it's other cities like
Los Angeles trying to directly limit those
who associate with the NRA through
business relationships, megabanks trying
to deny the NRA banking services, or
Wall Street investors pressuring major
corporations to end any tie to gun
owners or the firearm industry-their
intent is the same: to eliminate the
Second Amendment.
They know they cannot achieve
this end through the normal political
process because ideas like individual
freedom, personal protection and selfreliance do and always will resonate
with the American people. They want
to extinguish this viewpoint-not
through vigorous public debate-but
through back-channel attacks against
our right to keep and bear arms.
They want us to believe that our
support for the individual right to
self-defense somehow means we hold
an out-of-touch or even dangerous
viewpoint. But it's the same viewpoint
as held by those who founded our
great nation, and the same viewpoint
that has led American patriots to make
the ultimate sacrifice on battlefields
across the planet in order to protect our
sacred freedom. This viewpoint is not
out-of-touch with American values; it is
at the core of what makes America the
greatest nation on earth.
That's why we cannot, must not and
will not let these attacks stand.
The NRA's fight is of vital importance
to gun owners. However, the principles
at stake in this case are paramount to
the Constitution as a whole. Well-meaning
Americans across the political spectrum
must understand the importance of
free and open political discourse and
denounce the type of intolerance
exhibited in San Francisco. America
must never allow radical political
enclaves to weaponize government to
curtail the fundamental and political
rights of law-abiding Americans.



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