L.A. council turns its ire on the NRA
It's no secret the left despises gun rights and gun owners. But in some parts of the country, that dislike reaches much deeper, becoming a form of discrimination. Take the recent actions of the Los Angeles city council. The worthies decided it was in the public interest to pass an ordinance demanding city contractors disclose whether they have had any dealings or affiliation with the National Rifle Association:
The motion, approved by a 10-0 vote, does not ban NRA-linked contractors from doing business with the city, but would require them to disclose any contracts or sponsorships they have with the gun rights advocacy group.
The NRA did not immediately responded to a request for comment.
The vote on the NRA motion, which was written by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, directs the city attorney to draft an ordinance outlining the new disclosure rules, which will need to be voted on by the City Council.
“For the sake of transparency, the city’s residents and stakeholders deserve to know how the city’s public funds are being spent, and whether taxpayer funds are being spent on contractors that have contractual or sponsorship ties with the NRA,” the motion states.
O’Farrell’s motion does not state if the city currently has any contractors with ties to the NRA.
Don't bother waiting for the city council to unanimously approve ordinances requiring disclosure of relationships with other advocacy groups. But we will say this move does a couple of things: it proves, again, the left is intolerant of opposing views and it shows, again, the left's willingness use its political power to silence those views, and advocates, given the opportunity.
Jonah Goldberg's book, "Liberal Fascism" was a critique of the left's brutalist tendencies. It wasn't a "how to" manual.