Dallas Councilman Demands NRA Cancel Its Convention, Promises Protests

A Dallas city councilman has promised opposition if the NRA doesn't cancel their planned May conference in Dallas.

Dallas, TX – The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual conference is scheduled for the first week of May in Dallas, but one lawmaker has promised opposition if the pro-gun group continued with its plans.

“I am saying to the NRA, reconsider coming to Dallas. There will be marches and demonstrations should they come to Dallas,” Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway said, according to WFAA.

KDFW reported that Caraway claimed to be a second amendment supporter, who said he personally owns five guns. But he said he believed the NRA should be working with local jurisdictions on tougher gun laws.

“It is time for them to stand up and it's time for us to listen and it's time for Mr. Trump and every elected official in Washington and USA on every level to stand up and speak out against this type of violence,” Caraway said.

He used John F. Kennedy’s murder, the Florida school shooting, and the July 2016 murder of five police officers in Dallas as reasons the NRA convention should not be held in Dallas.

"No politician anywhere can tell the NRA not to come to their city," NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told WFAA.

"We are already there. 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,” Arulanandam said.

WFAA reported that none of the other members of the city council they interviewed wanted the NRA to cancel its planned convention, which was expected to bring 80,000 NRA members and generate $40 million in revenue for the city.

Caraway said Dallas doesn’t need the revenue, WFAA reported. He also said he wasn’t speaking for the Dallas City Council, and that he was making a personal appeal to the NRA to change their plans, KDFW reported.

Dallas City Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates said the gun organization has every right to hold their event at the Dallas Convention Center.

“They’re constitutionally protected to be in the convention center," Staubach Gates said. "It’s a public building. We can’t be in the business to censor who uses that building.”

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JanClark
JanClark

Who makes up the body of the NRA?? Oh right.....we the people do. Leftists just want us disarmed. If they really cared they would clean up the cities and states they've destroyed. Why do the they never cry out about the lives lost their cities???? By the way those cities have the strongest gun laws. That man picked up his rifle and murdered those poor students. Put the blame where it belongs, the school, fbi etc. My prayers go out to everyone who has been touched by this tragedy.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Funny he didn't have a problem with that gang coming down to protest the police when all those Dallas PD officers got shot...

SueCoop
SueCoop

Caraway needs to just sit down and shut up. How the heck he gets elected says a lot about the intelligence of his constituents, or the ones who vote him in.

2Aguy
2Aguy

Anti-gun demonstrations are a ploy of the Russians to disarm America!

Grog
Grog

WTF did the NRA do???????