It’s time to label the National Rifle Association (NRA) a domestic terrorist organization under the U.S. Patriot Act.
The NRA is a deplorable domestic terrorist organization that hides behind the Second Amendment and the interests of a small but vocal and threatening minority, while putting the vast majority of decent Americans in harm’s way.
Currently there is a move to designate the NRA a domestic terrorist organization as defined by the USA Patriot Act:
According to Section 802 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Pub. L. No. 107-52), a person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act “dangerous to human life” that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to: (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping.
An online petition, “Designate the National Rifle Association (NRA) as a Domestic Terrorist Organization under the USA Patriot Act,” reports:
The National Rifle Association has pursued a radical agenda of facilitating and promoting the uninhibited distribution of firearms intended for mass slaughter of Americans.
They have colluded with the manufacturers and dealers of these dangerous weapons of mass annihilation to prevent any regulatory control over the qualification of purchasers or the lethality of the weapon.
They have implemented a sophisticated system of political bribery and extortion using campaign funding and Political Action Committees that pervert the political process, and result in representatives acting against the expressed interests of their constituents.
Through their positions and actions, the NRA fulfills all of the requirements for designation as a domestic terrorist organization. Their actions are responsible for 18 school shootings in 2018 alone, as well as thousands of gun-related deaths over the last decade.
Make no mistake, the NRA is a deadly and powerful terrorist organization.
Death and Taxes reports:
1.4 million Americans have died from gunfire since 1968, more than in all of the country’s wars through history combined. No other group — not ISIS, not Al Qaeda, not foreign governments — has been more successful at killing Americans than the NRA.
It is impossible to determine the exact number of deaths that can be directly attributed to the NRA’s efforts, because for 20 years, it has successfully fought to prevent any public health studies at the federal level into gun violence.
Market Watch reports that contrary to public opinion, the NRA does not speak for all gun owners, and only a small, deranged minority of gun owners are actually NRA members:
Only a tiny percentage of Americans are members of the NRA. The association’s annual membership fee is $40. Last year its membership dues came to $160 million. So that’s 4 million members. Out of an estimated 55 million gun owners.
Yet despite the relatively small numbers, the NRA terrorizes politicians and civilians alike.
As a nation we live with and tolerate a culture of gun violence. All the while any proposal to enact sensible reform to curb gun violence is squashed by the the NRA and the multitudes of ammosexuals in love with their guns.
Indeed, the NRA and the gun lobby intimidates and bullies politicians, while spreading deception and misinformation to the general public. They are the equivalent of the 20th century tobacco lobby, merchants of death, terrorists claiming their product is safe while countless Americans die.
Bottom line: The NRA is America’s premier terrorist organization, and they need to be stopped.