Dallas Mayor Wants NRA to Find Another City for 2018 Convention

147th Annual NRA convention logo

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 (63)

  1. We need to repeal the gun free school zones law
    We need to hire armed guards for the schools
    That will stop school shootings
    Gun control will do nothing to prevent future school shootings

  2. Texas seems to slowly slipping away, they let in too many jobs from CA. that’s brought their workers, then throw in large and growing muslim POP., they’ve got trouble!

    1. Almost all major cities of a certain population density are liberal strongholds. The trick is to have enough rural population to offset these areas. I live in MD. The liberals seized power a while back. We don’t have enough rural population to change things. The Two most populous counties and the City of Baltimore have dictated politics for the State forever but the radicalization of the Dem. Party is relatively recent. As other areas in the state become more densely populated they too will turn liberal.

    2. This country is headed in the wrong direction FAST, we’ll be like Europe if something don’t change soon and I’m beginning to think this is what the system wants!

  3. I believe that the Annual Corporate meeting is part of the Convention. This cannot be canceled due to Federal Law. That is why while the general convention in Denver after Columbine was canceled, the annual meeting was still held, and misrepresented by the fat guy in his fake documentary. This ‘official’ does not have the power to force this, so it is all grandstanding; like so many others.

  4. Actually, most people do not understand what the “comprehensive background check system” that the Democrats want is not a background check on every sale. What they want is a background check along with a federal registration document so they can track every weapon in the nation at all times. This is what they do in countries ran by tyrants. The bizarre thing about our country is that we have an individual right of self defense. If you go back and read the 4 Democratic justices on the Supreme Court in Heller argued that the constitution did NOT give Individuals the right of self defense. People actually think the Constitution gave them the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.. Wrong, never mentioned in the Constitution, dare you to find it, it was in the Declaration of Independence, which did not give any rights to anybody, just a declaration in writing that told the British to kiss off that we were rebelling and would seek those freedoms by force, with guns and killing which we as a group of militants did. We killed a bunch of them just to get away so we could later create our own form of government, which we wrote down in a document later called the Constitution. What the gun ban is about is chiseling away at the individual right of self protection. If you have a hoard of gangsters attack your house, your little 9mm is not a match for multiple attackers. I am not a fan of AR rifles. you said you had an AR, but did not even specify caliber. I suppose you are aware that they now make that gun in 66 different “hunting” calibers. Like 243, 308, 17 HMR, etc. You knew that right? And also, that for a decade now the ARs have been the single favorite for hog and coyote hunting in most states that have a hog problem. Just saying, the background checks are already required for 100% of all new guns, and are required for 100% of all guns transferred across a state line. It is already a felony for you to give a gun to your grandson if he lives in another state, unless you go through a dealer. What they want to do is make it a crime for you to give your son or daughter any gun, unless you take them down and have a background check ran on them and then have both your child and that gun put into a federal tracking database that will also be linked or cross checked with private medical records. You may recall, that is exactly what Joe Biden, said, that in an police call they could check and know exactly what guns were in your house and exactly what medications everybody in that house were prescribed. He called it officer safety, because if the house showed an AR at that address and something like prozac or xanex, they could automatically send a swat team. That speech was about 2 weeks after Newtown. Do you really want your medical records and gun records on line for your local cops to access? Just saying, what they propose is pretty bizarre. That is why all those progun groups sound so goofy, people like you do not understand what is really in their proposal. FYI I have never given a dime to the NRA, however, I am gong to do so this year, and scrap my other charitable donations. Because it really does matter.

    1. Thank you OldGringo. I’m sure it was an illuminating comment for many people and a true representation of what is to come if liberal anti-gun grabbers are given an inch in compromise or even their version of “common sense”. I would only add that regulating a gun or really anything based on it’s aesthetics (plastic parts) is foolish, absurd and unsustainable. It is devised to open the door for further limitations, period. It’s not even about what the AR is used for or “public safety”. Thanks to Obamacare, the government now has access to your medical records by design. How they are used and misused and/or lost is something they don’t want you to question. Finally, as a Life Member of the NRA, thank you for your donation and hopefully a membership. We are not fighting for our guns here, we are fighting for all our freedoms that are unique to this experiment called America. Because we know, and history has proven, that once you lose one right you are destined to lose them all and once that happens don’t think a change in presidents will get any of them back.

  5. The NRA is/was the best friend gun owners have.I add the was because their inability to move away from issues that most people in this country (including many gun owners) support they are in danger of becoming irrelevant. I am thinking specifically of things like bump stocks and background checks. Wake up, smell the coffee and read the polls. The majority of americans (the same ones that will elect the next congress) are getting sick of seeing their kids killed in school shootings (and all the other mass shootings). I own an ar-15 and want to keep it. The NRA is not helping.

    1. Roy, the NRA is just about your only hope for keeping your AR-15; and for allowing similar “assault” rifles to be sold to others. If you’re not an NRA member you’d best sign up as soon as you finish reading my reply. Rasmussen reported just today that only 33% of voting citizens “attribute the [Parkland] deaths to a lack of adequate gun control.” Just because a few left-fringe folks are shrill does not mean that they’re numerous.

    2. I second what Jim said. But will go further and say that it isn’t about keeping your AR. It’s about keeping all your semi-automatic guns, in the near term and all your guns if anti-gun liberals are given an inch in compromise. NO ONE wants to see more shootings or more kids dying but banning anything has never worked for it’s intended purposes and it usually has opened the door for greater loss of life in the case of guns. Read OldGringo’s post if you want to know about the background check issue. We all want to keep guns out of the hands of bad people. The poll that says that 97% of people want background checks is actually true but it didn’t inform of current system or define what “universal” meant to the liberal pollsters, i.e. criminalizing lending to family, inheritance, and private sales. The NRA and GOA stand strong on protecting your personal right as it was written, meaning no infringements but they have already compromised in backing the NICS system exactly because of the shared goal of keeping guns out the hands of prohibited persons, even knowing the liberals would try and expand on that list, which they have, i.e. domestic violence misdemeanors, etc. The NRA is helping you more than you know.

  6. There was a time when the differences of opinion, the desire for freedom and fair representation was a very sticky and dangerous subject! It was called the American Revolution and “We The People” were now becoming a Nation. If you don’t believe in all that has been done and all the rights we have protected by the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence and all the millions who fought and died for those same freedoms! You are free to leave because of all those very same reasons!
    Fire the bum!

  7. Don’t go where you’re not wanted. Move the convention. Somewhere like Houston will be happy to help make the massive changes necessary.

    Be sure and give the reason for the move as the Mayor’s request.

    After loosing the city $40 million in revenue, you can deal with the new mayor next year.

    1. I’m with You Joe. Money talks. And for all the companies dumping the NRA brand They wont see any of my dollars. Its horrible what has happened at these schools, I cant even imagine going through that but not caused by law abiding gun owners.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

    1. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

    1. 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.

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

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

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

    6. 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.

    7. “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?

    8. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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

    1. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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…
    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?…..

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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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