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.” 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, 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.
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.”