From one domestic terrorist to another

By now you’ve probably heard that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has declared the NRA and its members — and by extension all gun owners — domestic terrorists.

I find this troubling because all the cool terrorist names such as “Carlos the Jackal” have already been taken. I’ll probably be lucky to end up as “Lee the Platypus.”

The BOS’ resolution states that NRA “musters its considerable wealth and organizational strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence.”

Excuse me, but I must have missed a mailer. Last time I checked, NRA promoted training, safety and responsible gun ownership. That NRA or any other pro-gun group would incite its members to commit acts of violence is simply false and extremely libelous in the legal sort of way.

It seems obvious to me that the move by the BOS is nothing more than a classic attempt at misdirection — something designed to focus their residents’ attention away from the problems that run rampant within city limits.

San Francisco used to be a great city. Decades ago, when I was attending language school in Monterey, if we weren’t SCUBA diving in the Bay on the weekends we were heading to San Francisco.

The last time I visited San Francisco things had definitely changed. To put it politely, the city smells of urine and/or feces depending upon where you go. The streets were covered with needles and other signs of rampant drug abuse.

There were homeless villages — tent cities reminiscent of the migrant camps built by the poor and the displaced during the Great Depression.

The cops I spoke with said they were barred from taking any action. They operate under a strict list of dos and don’ts that would make officers from any sane jurisdiction blanch and quit en masse.

All the cops blamed city leaders for their woes, and for the cesspool their once great city has become.

On a personal note, what bothers me most about the BOS’ BS is that I know many — too many — good guys and gals who were wounded fighting real terrorists.  In other words, they sacrificed parts of their bodies in the global war on actual terrorism.

To infer in any way that these good folks are “domestic terrorists” is simply unforgivable.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors needs to be held accountable for their misdeeds in a calculated, class-action kind of way.

Besides, the only lesson these bureaucrats understand is relieving them of their cold, hard cash.


About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


  1. They truly afraid to face the truth. I guess they think there votes. They say say they have a disease my son says it right nobody stuck that needle in your arm you did it but they want to play with my guns I’m taking away from me the true Americans that stood stood up the true terrorism

  2. Liberalism IS a mental disease. One of it’s symptoms is psychological projection, in which Leftists attribute characteristics they find unacceptable in themselves to another person.

  3. William Fraser on

    Lee says “Excuse me, but I must have missed a mailer. Last time I checked, NRA promoted training, safety and responsible gun ownership. That NRA or any other pro-gun group would incite its members to commit acts of violence is simply false and extremely libelous in the legal sort of way.”
    Like the incoherent commenters here, Lee has trouble with facts, honesty and impartiality. The NRA is OPPOSED to mandatory safety training and its “training/safety” classes, which are really youth gun familiarization and indoctrination courses, consume less than 10% of its annual budget.The NRA is opposed to mandatory gun licensing, which is widely regarded by gun safety experts as a good way to reduce gun violence.
    in fact, the NRA has opposed any and all common sense gun safety legislation for over 50 years, beginning after President JF Kennedy was shot and killed by a shooter with a mail order rifle. LBJs efforts to introduce federal gun safety laws after this gun assassination were roundly blocked by NRA lobbying at that time. The NRA has lobbied and succeeded in getting the Supreme Court to block any liability that gun manufacturers might face when their deadly products are used as intended , to kill and maim human beings. The Supreme Court has also ruled under NRA influence that the ATF cannot have and maintain a modern computerized data base of gun serial #s so they can track America’s thriving gun traffickers, whose actions help to fuel the inner city gun violence that plagues America. The ATF successfully prosecutes very few if any , gun trafficking criminals every year as a result. The NRA has stood by while American gun and ammo manufacturers have flooded America with modern infantry style, high capacity rifles designed for killing numerous enemy combatants on the 21st century battlefield as well as tens of millions of semi automatic high capacity pistols, which are designed to kill human beings. The NRA sells tens of millions of dollars in ad space in NRA publications to gun and ammo manufacturers annually. There should be no surprise that the NRA’s message and intent is to keep the American gun and ammo market as broad and unrestricted as possible for its real sponsors gun and ammo makers. The NRA opposes a universal background check system, allowing those who shouldn’t have guns to get them from private sellers. The NRA opposes safe storage laws such as keeping weapons locked up and stored separately from ammo (like the US military does). There are few if any violent gun incidents on US military bases as a result.
    The NRA condones many other unsafe and dangerous practices that have helped to make America the world leader in per capita gun violence . Its motive is to help sell guns for its real backer, the gun and ammo industry. The NRA uses appeals to gun violence e prominently in its advertising including the “Stand and Fight” program, featuring a picture of a Minuteman holding a musket. Six days before the Oklahoma City bombing of a federal building that killed scores, Wayne LaPierre called American security forces “jack booted” thugs. President Bush resigned his lifetime membership in. the NRA shortly after this citing the NRA’s incitement to violence methods.
    Incredibly, the NRA’s recent pick for its president, disgraced Marine officer Oliver North, is a convicted gun trafficker who lied to Congress.
    40,000 Americans died of gun violence in 2017 alone, approaching the twelve year death toll America suffered in the Viet Nam War. In the past 25 years that number starts to approach 1 MILLION dead Americans of gunshot wounds. Every attempt to introduce common sense gun safety laws that are working worldwide is fought against by NRA lobbyists.
    No Lee, the NRA is NOT a gun safety group. Its also not a civil rights group. Instead it has morphed into a foul gun sales and marketing organization dedicated to pushing back against gun safety laws and fighting to keep
    American citizens propagandized and misinformed about America’s gun violence problem and who is causing it.
    ME? I’m a disabled US Marines infantry officer veteran who led Marines for nearly seven years and besides leading several different rifle and weapons platoons was all the OIC of the 1976 Smith. Trophy rifle team. We were first among multiple teams at his match and we defeated a team led by CWO Connor, the 1974 Camp Perry rifle champion. besides having a military specialty of infantry officer, I am also a qualified USMC range officer.
    Its important when we report on issues as important as gun safety that we ensure that we are informed as to the facts Lee. I recommend you do some reading about the NRA’s gun safety push back efforts, which are substantial and which have been going on. for decades. The NRA has even managed to block the use of any federal dollars to fund gun safety studies as proposed by the American Medical Association
    Here are some resources that provide that information for you. I encourage you to do some reading and that you keep the partisan political rhetoric. out of your evaluation of the NRA’s role in stoking America’s gun violence problem., EverytownForGunSafety,#NoRANow,MomsDemandAction,Brady Foundation, Giffords Center for Gun Safety, #MArchForOurLives, GunsDownAmerica. The statistics and facts that reveal the NRA’s real purpose are outlined at these sites in black and white. You’ll never see abs impartial evaluation of the facts about America’s gun violence problem at an NRA site Lee. But you will see a lot of gun sales propaganda and gun myths. And your little article here is built on that very shaky and dangerous ground.

    • Sir, with all due respect, the reason most of the anti-gun proposals are continually defeated in America, and have been for decades isn’t solely because of the NRA, it’s because the proposals are fundamentally wrong. In the end, no law, can stop what is happening in America (and you know it). I realize that people want to “just try anything,” to end all gun violence but by making it harder for people who obey the law you’ll only disarm the “good” citizens. Criminals don’t pay attention to any laws. Period. Please stop me when I’m wrong. Think about it, we can’t even end gun violence in the cities that are run by anti-gun establishments (Chicago, Baltimore, D.C.). While those gun deaths barely even make the news, they continue to out number the mass shootings year in and year out. Anything that makes it harder, or yet makes it like many of the anti-gun Presidential hopefuls would like it to be (i.e. impossible) for a law abiding American citizen to gain access to the same weapons that they may have to face at their door someday (Semi-automatic Pistols and rifles) is simply wrong and always will be (With or without the NRA). Sir, I’m sure that you and I would agree that what’s happening in America is horrible. But we would disagree with who to blame and how to fix it. (Why do we continue to go after the good guys and girls?)I truly pray that neither of us or any of our family members has to encounter one of the situations like we see on the news what seems to be almost weekly, but if we do I will definitely feel more comfortable if there are NRA members nearby (and you probably would too even though it might be hard to admit) when it goes down. By the way, Have you ever met an NRA member and their family members? I’m not talking about the NRA leadership (who are good people too), I’m taking about your next door neighbors. The baseball coaches, the teachers, the homemakers. They’re great people. They’re the “salt of the earth.” And many of them are like you and I, former military members, and also police officers. I pray you’re not someone who would stand by and allow San Francisco to label us as a “”terrorist group” without saying something about it, because if you are, I would suggest that while you’re fighting for a noble cause (ending gun violence), like we NRA members are, you’re going about it the wrong way. Me? I’m a disabled U.S.Air Force veteran, and explosion survivor of the largest U.S. nuclear missile ever created, I.e. a Titan II Missile that exploded on September 19, 1980, in Damascus, Arkansas. I slid 60” on my back with flames, concrete and glowing steel that looked like lave blowing past me. If it hadn’t been for my guardian angle screaming to RUN (twice) I would have been crushed by a massive chunk of concrete bigger than a school bus. I along with 8 others was awarded the rare “Airman’s” Medal” for heroism while trying to prevent the explosion of a severely damaged ICBM Missile that had a 9-Megaton warhead on it that was equal to 3-times the power of all the bombs dropped in WWII (by all the armies) if you include the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or in other words 600 times as powerful as the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. I say all of this in “my humble opinion.”

  4. William Fraser, I hope you don’t own any guns. Mentally, you don’t seem like you should be able too. Very scary. You are a poster child for red flag laws. People like you need to be fully disarmed for everyone else’s safety.

  5. Manuel E Gutierrez on

    In the meantime amongst the squalor , misery and poverty the Colombian guerrilla is planning to reactivate. Heaven helps us !

    • Manuel E Gutierrez on

      I think it is time to drop The War on Drugs push and concentrate more on treating drug addiction as a medical and thus a health issue. Around 50% of the prison population in The U S is doing jail time for drug related offenses. I believe that The NRA is trying to mix oil with vinegar. The defense of The Second Amendment is what they could concentrate on and stay out of all other political initiatives. Straight and no chaser if you know what I mean.

  6. Lee, I’m definitely “Pro-2A”, but I question a couple of the photos used in this blog post. Specifically, the one with the hypodermic needle (complete with an intact safety cap) having the Golden Gate bridge as a backdrop is obviously a staged, or PhotoShop’d image. The same goes for the “needle drop” amongst the rocks.

    Can’t we make our points without resorting to fake images?

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