Dallas official asks NRA to consider another city for annual convention

Violet Powell
February 21, 2018

He just doesn't want the National Rifle Association holding its annual convention in Dallas in May, not when the gun rights organization refuses to support any meaningful changes in USA gun policy, despite a spate of mass shootings across the country over the last six months.

Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway said Monday the NRA would be "met with opposition" if it continued with the event planned for May 4-6, WFAA reported.

A spokeswoman for Democratic Mayor Mike Rawlings told the Associated Press that Mr. Caraway is entitled to his opinion, but a contract was signed in 2012 allowing the NRA to use the city's convention center.

Caraway says the May event is not appropriate following the Florida school shooing and events that have happened in Dallas like JFK's assassination, five Dallas police officers that were gunned down in July 2016 and the fatal shooting of a Dallas mother of six in November.

The NRA has been largely criticized after the Parkland massacre by critics who say the gun-rights group is padding the pockets of lawmakers in Washington and keeping them from passing measures that could curb gun violence.

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"I am certain that we need to reconsider them coming here, even if we lose money" Caraway said.

The longtime Dallas City Councilman made it clear he supports the second amendment, even adding that he owns five guns, including one he keeps in his vehicle and four he keeps at home, but that he's, "saddened by the fact that every time we turn around there's some kind of gun violence".

"No politician anywhere can tell the NRA not to come to their city", he said. "We must get rid of these assault weapons to protect the children and we must do something now". Dallas, like every American city and community, is populated by NRA members. "Who needs an AR-15 to go hunting?"

According to reports, the NRA has a large financial incentive to keep their convention in Dallas. Who needs an AR-15 to protect their house?

"Hopefully we will take the opportunity in Dallas to engage in meaningful dialogue about how we work together to end mass killings in America", he said in a statement.

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