Last week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors felt it was an excellent use of their power and their city’s tax dollars to go after the gun lobby with both (political) guns blazing. Therefore, they decided to become the first governmental body in the world to label the National Rifle Association a “domestic terrorist organization” that was using “its considerable wealth and organization strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence.”
This week, the NRA hit back, filing a lawsuit against the city of San Francisco.
From the Associated Press:
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the city and county of San Francisco and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. It accuses city officials of violating the gun lobby’s free speech rights for political reasons and claims the city is trying to blacklist anyone associated with the NRA from doing business there.
The gun rights lobby asked the court to step in “to instruct elected officials that freedom of speech means you cannot silence or punish those with whom you disagree.”
NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said, “This lawsuit comes with a message to those who attack the NRA: We will never stop fighting for our law-abiding members and their constitutional freedoms.”
In the lawsuit, the NRA says that while the Board of Supervisors’ designation was little more than a “frivolous insult,” its effects could ultimately “pose a nonfrivolous constitutional threat.” NRA lawyers say that San Francisco is guilty of violating the First Amendment with its pressure campaign against contractors who happen to do business with the gun lobbying organization. The suit advised the court that San Francisco’s actions could have “reasonably expected chilling effects.”
The resolution, they argued, “would chill a person of ordinary firmness from continuing to speak against gun control or from associating with the NRA.”
Remember the old days, when it was San Francisco liberals who were the first in line to defend free speech and free association?
Guess some things – like declaring war on anything and everything conservative or traditional – now take precedence over those old values.