Criminalizing speech

By Nathan Barton

I recently commented on San Francisco’s Politburo (their “Board of Supervisors”) declaring the NRA a domestic terrorist organization.

It was pointed out to me the apparent standard by which the NRA was so judged by these municipal autocrats. That standard is that the NRA supposedly promoted and encouraged people to buy and use guns to kill people. And that the NRA lobbied Congress (and other legislative bodies) to NOT pass laws to implement more gun control.

The NRA has not launched or materially supported a single act of terrorism, has not committed a single hate crime. Has not recruited people to even go out and buy guns or other weapons which might be used in acts of terror.

As I understand it, terrorist organizations do more than talk.  They recruit people to do things: bad things. Like killing people by bombs (suicide or not), shooting them, knifing them, etc.  Burning things down.  They provide weapons (directly) to people: they buy them and give or sell them to people they recruit or ally with to go kill people.  They provide “material support” in the form of weapons, ammo, food, clothing, and so forth.  They provide safehouses and training camps.

Last time I checked, the closest things the NRA does to this sort of thing are:

  • campaign contributions to Congress people and candidates
  • safe gun handling training
  • expensive suits for the NRA leadership

I’ve never heard of the NRA donating money or material to, oh, the KKK, or White Power International, or Black (or Blue or Green) Lives Matter. Now, while I might argue that donations to congressional campaigns might be a form of supporting tyranny, it officially is not supporting terrorism.

Which means that what the NRA does that makes it a terrorist organization in the eyes of the “City Parents” of San Francisco is talk and publish.  (Remember, SF is one of those places where “sexist” and “gendered” language is bad.) And the talking and publishing were NOT in the form of any sort of “threat,” for that matter.  No “we’re gonna kill you” or even “I hope you have a massive heart attack and die.”

Which means that San Francisco has decided that mere speech – and nothing more – is a form of terrorism. They are criminalizing speech.

So, in San Francisco, the right of free speech is a dead letter.  They ignore Section 2 of the California Declaration of Rights (the First Article of the [People’s Democratic]  California Republic’s Constitution).  That states in part:

(a) Every person may freely speak, write and publish his or
her sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of
this right. A law may not restrain or abridge liberty of speech or
press.

Not only that, but since the Politburo expressly mentions the NRA’s efforts to influence legislation, San Francisco has also rendered null and void Section 2 of the Declaration of Rights. This states (in part):

(a) The people have the right to instruct their
representatives, petition government for redress of grievances, and
assemble freely to consult for the common good.

It is well-recognized that part of “assembly” is joining an organization who supports your views and instructs on your behalf your representatives. (That is called “lobbying”). And the right to band together to petition, consult, and instruct their representatives – whether those are Supervisors, Board members, General Assembly members, or Congressmen and Senators.  What they lobby (petition, whatever) for is not limited. So it could and does include legislation that supports (or prevents interference with) your rights, privileges, and protection.  Even in California where there IS no right to self-defense or to keep and bear arms in their (badly defective) Declaration of Rights.

[Because California ASKED to be admitted to the Union, and has NOT seceded from the Union – yet – they are still supposedly limited by the US Bill of Rights 2nd Article. No, really – even though everyone pretends that they don’t.]

I certainly do not know their motives for doing this, but I suspect that at least part of this action is cowardice on their part. They are afraid of people who stand up for their rights, and who band together to do so, even if it is just by speech and writing.

So this insane action by the SF Politburo is more than just an attack on the 2nd Amendment.  It is an attack – a denial – of many more human rights as well.  They are no different than the politburo that operated out of Moscow for so long.

I wonder if those people working hard for California to secede from the Fifty States realize what they will be left with, if they do divorce and give up the US Constitition and its recognition and protection of basic, essential, God-given rights?

As I wrote before, expect many imitations of this evil action.  And hope that the NRA (or others on their behalf) sue to obtain redress against this act of defamation.  Unless that, too, will be illegal in San Francisco, or California.

 

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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