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THE National Rifle Association (NRA) was formally designated a “domestic terrorist organisation” by the San Francisco city government in a unanimous decision on Tuesday.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has also called on the city to consider its relationship with companies that continue to do business with the NRA.
A sharply worded resolution said the United States was “plagued by an epidemic of gun violence” and accused the NRA of using “its considerable wealth and organisation strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence.
“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,” it said.
The NRA dismissed the decision as a “ludicrous” stunt, claiming it was a diversion from the real problems facing San Francisco, including “rampant homelessness.”
But the Democrat-controlled authority said: “The National Rifle Association spreads propaganda that misinforms and aims to deceive the public about the dangers of gun violence.”
It accused the NRA leadership of promoting “extremist positions” in a country where the gun killing rate is “25 times higher than any other high-income country in the world.”
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