According to the FBI, the definition of domestic terrorism is:
“Domestic terrorism” means activities with the following three characteristics:
Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
Appear intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to 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; and
Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.
Look at the second bullet point. Appear intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping. If any group is guilty of intimidating and/or coercing a civilian population, and a government, it’s the NRA.
Sandy Hook should have been it. The massacre of twenty little children should have shaken us to our very core, it should have reset our moral compass, it should have been the straw that broke the NRA’s back. But it wasn’t. In 2016 alone, there have been 23,536 acts of gun violence, resulting in 6,035 deaths. According to Gun Violence Archive, a not-for profit corporation, there have been 139 mass shootings. Just this year. Some other statistics:
*Police officers shot or killed: 147
*Children, aged 0-11 shot or killed: 258
*Accidental shootings: 1,050
After every publicized mass shooting, gun sales go up. Which means gun manufacturers make money. Which means the NRA makes money. The NRA no longer represents hunters, or target shooters; they represent gun makers. And that is why the NRA enables, and emboldens, domestic terrorism.
Do you really believe the narrative that the man who slaughtered 49 innocent people in Pulse was a member of ISIS? That he received training and money and support from ISIS? Nope, not true. He was a pissed off wife beater, who hated the LGBT community because, as with many men who hate the LGBT community, he was-according to people who knew him-secretly gay. He looked at radical websites. He claimed support for ISIS in his 911 call. He didn’t grow a beard, he wasn’t particularly religious, he was born in New York. This was not some ISIS infiltrator, sneaking across the border at the dead of night, hell-bent on destroying Western civilization. This was a man who heard politicians, pundits, and pastors, demean, attack, and even encourage violence against, the LGBT community.
Politicians like Mike Huckabee who was one of many conservatives Tweeting out “thoughts and prayers” after 49 LGBT people were massacred in a gay nightclub. The same Mike Huckabee who opposes same-sex marriage, believing judges who rule in favor of it should be impeached. The same Mike Huckabee who supported Kim Davis. The same Mike Huckabee who believes conversion therapy is a good thing.
Pundits like Laura Ingraham, who, while appearing on Fox and Friends a few days ago, called a transgender high school girl “confused,” and referred to the young woman’s desire to run on the girl’s track team “gender bending.”
This was also a man who, despite being questioned twice by the FBI, was able to legally purchase his weapons of mass destruction, thanks to the NRA. This man was a terrorist. For years, the NRA has actively fought any legislation preventing terrorists from buying guns. According to the Government Accounting Office, in a ten-year period, 2,043 out of 2,233 weapons applications by people on the terrorist watch list were allowed to proceed. You can thank the NRA for that.
The NRA refuses to allow any legislation that would keep actual terrorists from buying guns. White supremacists, Sovereign citizens, anti-government militia members, many of whom target law enforcement, foreign terrorists. In fact, the NRA’s actions are embraced by Al-Qaeda:
Perhaps most horrifying is the fact that international terrorist organizations are well aware of the many loopholes in our current gun laws. In fact, they openly instruct terrorists to exploit the private-sale loophole to arm themselves in the U.S.
As a 2011 video released by Al-Qaeda states, “America is absolutely awash with easily-obtainable firearms. You can go down to a gun show and come away with a … rifle without a background check. … So what are you waiting for?”
This is not an idle invitation.
What’s worse, terrorists don’t even need the Terror Gap to buy guns in 32 states – they can just rely on private sales. Because federal law requires criminal background checks only for sales made by licensed dealers, a dangerous person bent on doing harm to Americans can just purchase a gun through an unlicensed seller he finds online or at a gun show – no questions asked. Needless to say, the NRA has stood in the way of closing this loophole as well.
That blurb is from an article in Politico, written by a former member of the Secret Service, a man who spent decades protecting people, and who went on to become a Federal Air Marshall. It’s safe to say, he knows what he’s talking about.
It’s time to classify the NRA as a terrorist group. It’s time to recognize the NRA’s actions as acts of terror against the United States. An organization that enables, emboldens, and supports acts of terror in our country is not a lobbying group. The NRA has not been a lobbying group for a very, very long time. And if we are to begin fixing our gun problem, we need to stop being afraid of the NRA. Disable them, take away their power, stand up to them.
We constantly say we are not afraid of terrorists or terrorist groups. Yet the people who yell the loudest about ISIS and the Taliban and Al-Qaeda are the same people who cower in fear when Wayne LaPierre narrows his beady little eyes. Politicians who are paid to ignore the blood, the trauma, the death, the screams. Politicians who are paid for their “thoughts and prayers.”
Politicians who support a terrorist group.