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)

  • OldGringo

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    Actually, if you look at the statistics where they cut “crime” by 33% or so, that is really not realistic. I did my masters in criminal justice and have personally interviewed police departments who had a massive increase in crime. What I learned was that officers were required to file a formal report and enter it into the NCIC for very report, like a stolen bicycle was treated the same as a stolen car. The reason, was because high crime areas got huge federal grants. Looks like the Florida case is another place where the numbers do not reflect the crime.

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  • jrhanley

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    OldGringo,
    As much as I wanted to stand behind your point, I fear you are not being objective. If you read the MOU, while I agree it the same old liberal crap about trying to do something that simply makes everything worse, they cover themselves to your basic argument that they were hamstrung by the MOU. Please read the section below:

    2.05 Discretion of Law Enforcement.

    Nothing in this agreement is intended to limit the discretion of law enforcement. Officers responding to an incident or consulting with school officials are encouraged to use their discretion in determining the best course of action, especially when using alternatives to arrest. While the option to use the criminal justice system is available for many incidents, the totality of the circumstances should be taken into consideration and any less punitive alternatives that ensure the safety of the school community should be considered.

    This effectively means that during an active shooter incident, the MOU don’t not mean a thing.
    While you spent a lot time making a case for the position, your basic premise is wrong.

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    • OldGringo

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      And actually, my point is they were under a standing operating procedure to just leave the schools alone, so that may have caused the hesitation by now at least 4 deputies. I worked in military, local, state and federal law enforcement, and have never seen an officer run away or just hang back. Never been in a school shooting either, but the entire nation is looking for an explanation. Apparently, local police, school police, FBI and the local child welfare groups made some errors.

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  • OldGringo

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    I assume you are a troll, right? You do understand that what the NRA does has always been held by the Supreme Court as a valid exercise of the 1st and 2nd amendment? I am going to launch a guess here is that you had an unpleasant childhood and probably take medication for anxiety, right? Please advise. Peace.

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  • John Smith

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    What civilized and decent American would want the Klan to hold their national gathering in their city? Why do degenerate gun nuts think they are any different. Most Americans outside of Redneckistan see little difference between those who march in white hoods, and those who have NRA stickers on their cars. This is why the NRA never tries to organize a convention in a civilized city like Seattle, they would not get enough hotels will to house the scum that would attend.

    Smile, you 2A absolutists are ensuring that once the Democrats are back in power, all semiautomatic firearms will be banned for private possession.

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    • David Marshall Atkinson

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      Sorry, but the Democratic Party created the KKK. So you are saying that Democrats are not welcome. And as far as gun bans, the socialists will never have the power to overturn the US Constitution. The up and coming liberals are too busy eating Tide pods.

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    • JimmyinTEXAS

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      Why would someone that supports the Constitution want to even visit a slimy city like Seattle? Can’t imagine.

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    • Dave P.

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      John Smith – To the rest of the US Seattle comes across as thumbing it’s nose at US law. You are a city that disregards laws of the land and whittles it’s own tripe as you go along. To the rest of the country a favor and keep your twisted left opinion to your selves.

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    • Mike

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      Ban violent video games and movies that glorifies guns and killings

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    • Mike in Flag

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      And millions will die unless you buffoons back off in time. We aren’t giving up ANY of our guns, and true to form, you collectavists will have to kill those who oppose you in order to attain your utopia.

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    • TS

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      You are a fake and a liar…go troll somewhere else…. nobody really cares two cents about what you think or feel.

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    • TS

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      I just renewed my NRA membership!!! Just saying 😁

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    • Stephen

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      Hummm……I wonder if when the KKK was founded, did they want all black people disarmed?? That’s right dirt bag, your second amendment rights are there to keep oppressive organizations, be it the KKK or socialist governments, from taking Your rights. Our societal problems with children killing children is totally about a society that glorifies being famous for any reason, and has no punishments that equal the crime to detour those types of crimes.

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    • Elmer Fuddpucker

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      “All semiautomatic firearms will be banned for private possession.”

      Good luck with that, Asshole. You think you’re talking to a bunch of spineless Aussies here?

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    • David Wagaman

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      John Smith,You are a Liberal Moron !

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    • Rusty Steelman

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      I live in oregon, where folks like John Smith, not his real name, are actively trying to squash our 2A rights. Thanks to Johnny’s rant, I now will be going all the way to Dallas to attend the NRA Convention….just needed a bit of whacko liberalism incentive to point me that way on my motocylce….thank you Johnny!

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  • Roy Smith

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    Caraway is a joke and an embarrassment to Dallas…period. i has been involved in many bribery and ethical investigations. Sad that there are so many that still support this corrupt politician. Just another black eye on the perception of Dallas.

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  • Paul

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    Now I really want to attend this convention. Stand up for your rights or the left will ensure they are taken away. Too bad the NRA is always so willing to negotiate with the left and agree to ban something.

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  • David C

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    Spending your money elsewhere other than Dallas is an excellent idea. The city would get no highway taxes on gasoline, no taxes on a hotel/motel room if staying outside of Dallas, no restaurant taxes for people must eat, no sales taxes and on and on. Sometimes the only thing leftists understand is when you hit them in their pocketbook. Sadly they will never understand the innocent blood that is shed BECAUSE of their liberal policies. They will never see the blood on their hands.

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    • RB

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      NRA members need to go to Dallas and pay all expenses with $2 bills.

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    • David Wagaman

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      Try $3.00 bills for this dog and monkey show.

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  • DJ

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    Tired of wasting my breath…….

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  • Chainsaw aka Deplorable

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    You note that he supports the 2nd Amendment, just somewhere else. Typical head in sand two faced politician. Covering all the bases to please his voters and keep on the free taxpayer dole. Also wants to be a sanctuary city I betcha. Man needs to get a real job with the rest of WE THE PEOPLE.

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    • JimmyinTEXAS

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      Why would someone that supports the Constitution want to even visit a slimy city like Seattle? Can’t imagine.

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