After Florida’s school shooting, Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway calls on the NRA to move its annual convention, scheduled for Dallas in May. The gun lobby refuses.
The mayor of Dallas urged the National Rifle Association to find another city to host its annual convention, taking a stand against gun violence after last week’s deadly mass shooting in Florida, ABC News reports. Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway said that the NRA would be met with “marches and demonstrations” if it went ahead with plans to host the three-day meeting scheduled for May 4-6. “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,” Caraway said.
An NRA departure from Dallas could cost the city up to $40 million. Caraway, a self-proclaimed strong “believer” in the Second Amendment, said the NRA has a national responsibility to help establish better gun laws. “The NRA needs to step up to the plate and they need to show leadership,” he added. The 147th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits is expected to attract more than 80,000 gun enthusiasts. An NRA spokesman pushed back against Caraway’s criticism. “No politician anywhere can tell the NRA not to come to their city. We are already there,” Andrew Arulanandam, the NRA’s managing director of public affairs, told ABC affiliate WFAA-TV. “Dallas, like every American city and community, is populated by NRA members.”