Dallas Mayor Wants NRA to Find Another City for 2018 Convention

By Dave Dolbee published on in General, News

Due to recent national events, the pro tem mayor of Dallas said the National Rifle Association should move its annual convention from Dallas to somewhere else, believing, “It’s not appropriate for the group to meet in Dallas in May because there’s so much gun violence in the United States.”

147th Annual NRA convention logo

During a recent news conference, Mayor pro tem Dwaine Caraway said, “It is a tough call when you ask the NRA to reconsider coming to Dallas, but it is putting all citizens first, and getting them to come to the table and elected officials to come to the table and to address this madness now.” Continuing Caraway said, “At the end of the day, we need to connect the dots. The NRA needs to step up to the plate, and they need to show leadership.”

Currently, the 147th annual meeting of the NRA is scheduled for May 4-6 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Moving an event of that size would be a monumental task considering the 80,000+ expected attendees and hundreds of vendors. According to reports, Dallas would lose out on about $40 million worth of tourism and related money that would be generated by the NRA convention.

Mayor Caraway’s declaration is somewhat out of character for Texas’ firearm friendly reputation. However, times may be changing. Two years ago at the NRA Convention, candidate Trump promised he would never go against the Second Amendment. Last year at the convention, President Trump promised the “eight-year assault” on gun owners was over, adding “You [gun owners] have a true friend and champion in the White House.” However, in the past week, President Trump has directed Attorneys General Jeff Sessions to ban bump fire stocks, and stated he would support enhanced background checks.

Pro tem Mayor Caraway, represents Dallas’ fourth council district

Mayor pro tem Dwaine Caraway

Pro tem Mayor Caraway, who represents Dallas’ fourth council district, said he supports the Second Amendment but also wanted tighter rules for assault-style rifles. How that melds with telling the NRA it needs to holds its convention elsewhere is beyond most. How that fits with Dallas has been a head scratcher to many as well.

“We should not allow people to possess assault rifles and weapons,” Caraway said Monday. “While we are worrying about terrorists, we’re living in a terrorist society amongst us Americans today,” said Caraway.

NRA Response

An NRA spokesman rebuffed Caraway’s calls, stating the NRA had no intention of moving its 2018 convention. “No politician anywhere can tell the NRA not to come to their city,” Andrew Arulanandam of the NRA told local ABC affiliate WFAA. “Dallas, like every American city and community, is populated by NRA members.

“Our members work in fire stations and police departments. They save lives in local hospitals and own businesses in communities, urban and rural, throughout this country.”

Are you surprised at the Dallas politician’s remarks? Is President Trump justified in his remarks or reneging on his past promises? Share your answers in the comment section.

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Comments (62)

  • Chester Dow III

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    The politicians here in Dallas are over the top liberals. They’re always jumping on the liberal cause of the day band wagon. For example: the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee from a park where it had been since 1936. Duhwayne Carried- away is always trying to make a statement to prove his efficacy. Sagging pants and plastic trash bags just to name a couple. The city of Dallas has gone from a conservative rational environment to one of catering to the snowflake millennials that have flooded our city in the last ten years. Every time there is a major news story that provides an opportunity for mayor Rawlings and the rest of the ultra liberal council members to beat their chests, they will take advantage of it.

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  • Yosemite

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    The NRA ……being so bad and EVIL….. The NRA offers a FREE firearm safety program for children called “EDDIE EAGLE” The ANTI-NRA Second Amendment Progressives /Communist/Marxist/Socialist George Soros are all against such a Safety course b the NRA and lie about it.
    The program simply teaches children what to so if they find a firearm among other firearm safety.
    These children are pawns of Soros and others.

    Does anyone know how many NRA Members have committed any of these schools mass shootings? As far as I what I have found the count is 0 NRA Members have committed such horrific acts.
    Clearly the Democrats are responsible for such shootings. One Big AZZ Mistake America had both Houses behind him…..WHAT di he do about such Massive Shootings in OUR public schools?
    He did send a bunch of firearms down to Mexico that got lost/stolen….and some of those firearms were used to murder American Citizens.

    His speech about IT I had a Son He would be much like Trayvon Martin………and attacked a guy…and ended being killed by the guy he attacked. The pics of Trayvon made him loo lie a cute sweet innocent 13 or so year old. They did not show any of his current at the time that showed his Grill and Thugerry speech and talk…on his FB page… no real mention of his criminal acts in his past….
    Funny how the media started off calling the Shooter to be White…… The never apologized for that mistake…
    The NUMBER ONE KILLER OF BLACK AMERICANS……..ABORTIONS…………. SECOND IS YOUNG BLACK MALES
    No firearm laws are ever going to stop BAD GUYS!
    Laws banning this or that firearm do no good…. only law abiding people will do so…. leaving the public unable to fight back. The only people having firearms will be the Police, The Military and Federal Government and HE BAD GUYS!

    I never saw any reason to buy a Bump Stock other than maybe for an investment …..One can use a rubber band to make any semi-auto do the same as the Bump Stock does.

    We cannot keep drugs off the streets…….We cannot keep drugs out of schools……yet you want law abiding citizens and veterans to give up their firearms?…..

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  • Jonathan Arhelger

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    I live in Fort Worth, Texas and I like the NRA’s response to Dallas. As far as I know, there no correlation to an NRA convention and a shooting. Besides, even if there was a correlation, correlation and causation are separate things. I think it’s ludicrous that the city of Dallas would approve alienating a law abiding, tax paying section of voters. I’m all the more glad that I don’t live in Dallas.

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  • OldGringo

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    I am going to provide a detailed analysis and well researched response to this most embarrassing piece of garbage. It does like this…..what an idiot!

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  • Bob Shirley

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    Typical activist Liberal Democrat.

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  • Mike in Flag

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    getting=herring
    Stupid spell overide!

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  • Mike in Flag

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    Trump’s nod to Sessions to see what could be done about bump stocks is a red getting. The NRA themselves have played this dead end card. Come on guys, even DiFi saw through that.

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  • JimmyinTEXAS

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    No, I’m not surprised at the stupidity shown by the Dallas city Councilperson. Dallas has never been known as a haven for intelligent city politicians.

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  • Mike in Flag

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    Typical black liberal politician, he is representing his constituants, what he promised to do, I’m sure.
    What do you expect?

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