The NRA and Antifa are not domestic terrorists. Saying they are is a threat to everyone.

The NRA and Antifa are not domestic terrorists. Saying they are is a threat to everyone.

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Members of Antifa line up during an alt-right rally in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 17, 2019. Stephanie Keith / Getty Images We hit peak absurdity last week when the San Francisco city government branded the NRA a “domestic terrorist organization. ” In reaching its conclusion, the city’s Board of Supervisors argued, in part, that the NRA supports terrorism by making it easy for violent extremists to get guns. Now, the NRA — which has filed a lawsuit in response — is a lot of odious things, but it’s not a terrorist group, domestic or otherwise. Advocating policies, even ones that harm society, does not make one a terrorist. Trust me, I know from terrorists. I used to be a military correspondent for The Jerusalem Post. I wrote about terrorists. I interviewed them face to face. And in January 2004, one terrorist — a suicide bomber — almost killed me when he exploded on the bus I was riding on. Advocating policies, even ones that harm society, does not make one a terrorist. Trust me, I know from terrorists. I still bear the scars from that day. Though the precise definition is still debated by academics, a terrorist is a nonstate militant who targets civilians with deadly force to achieve a political objective. Innocence as defined by just war theory , which informs modern concepts of right and wrong in warfare, mean nothing to them. Terrorists make people fear for their lives . So, yes, I wish San Francisco hadn’t […]

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