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)

  • Mart

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    You need to feel the Love that the Democratic party brings to the table. They just want to protect us all. Look how they handled the most recent school shooting. Boots on the ground, but the boots looked away. How is that for protection.

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  • Mike

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    Liberals no matter where they live, go to school,, work, lose all logic when they can’t win an argument. I have said it before when I see a gun or rifle jump from a table and chase some one and shoot them, I will give up my guns and join the liberals. That will also be about the time pigs fly or hell freezes over.

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  • Mike

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    Liberals no matter where they live, go to school,, work, lose all logic when they can’t win an argument. I have said it before when I see a gun or rifle jump from a table and chase some one and shoot them, I will give up my guns and join the liberals. That will also be about the time pigs fly or he’ll freezes of over.

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    • Chuck

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      Careful, there …. Hell, Michigan freezes pretty solidly every year!

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  • george kuban

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    He doesn’t speak for all of us

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  • Bill Norwood

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    If Caraway is the mayor pro team, he does not speak for the entire council as mayor. Hopefully, the contracts will preclude any problems for the NRA meeting.
    The article headline should have been written more responsibly. Accuracy is difficult to demand when our side does not provide it.

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  • bill knight

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    Yeah that’s real smart, declare that we live with the threat of terrorism and then declare we should disarm? Stupid much?

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    • Eric

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      Come here to Phoenix!! We love our guns!!

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  • Richard Kennedy

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    No surprise….Dallas is a pig pen of anti-gun Liberals.

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  • JDH

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    If you go to Dallas for this you should consider spending all your money outside of Dallas that you can.

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    • OldGringo

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      Actually, that is a good point, to be sure to spend any money outside of Dallas. I have never been to an NRA annual meeting but was thinking about going to this one. There is a couple Bass Pros outside of Dallas, one in Ft Worth and one in Allen, both about 30 miles away, you can visit. Also, it is only 80 miles up the Interstate 35 to Oklahoma, where one mile in is the Windstar Casino, hotels, golf resort, and all that. It is the biggest casino in the country, much bigger than Vegas. It is over a mile long inside, so if that is your thing. We have an RV and will prolly stay at the casino RV park and just drive the 80 miles or so. Or there are a dozen other small suburbs outside Dallas. And of course, you need to note on Trip Advisor and those places that you stayed out of Dallas because of this mayor.

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  • Tailgunner

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    They are politicians. Once elected, all bets are off. Their sole focus is to get elected again. That takes money. And the music goes round and round.

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  • Cam

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    Dallas should welcom the NRA, 911 has a response time of close to 30 minutes!

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