Dallas official calls on NRA to find new location for convention
A Dallas official is calling for the National Rifle Association (NRA) to find a new place to hold its annual convention.
Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway (D) said he doesn’t think holding the convention in Dallas is appropriate.
“It is a tough call when you ask the NRA to reconsider coming to Dallas,” he said, according to ABC 13.
“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.”
The NRA is scheduled to hold its meeting — which is expected to include firearms exhibits where people can buy ammunition — in May at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
Caraway’s call follows the deadly mass shooting last week at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead.
Multiple lawmakers have since called for Congress to take action on gun control, and some Democrats have ripped some of their GOP colleagues for money they have received from the NRA.
Students have also become vocal advocates in recent days for gun control measures, demanding that Congress take action to prevent future shootings.
Organizers behind the Women’s March have called for a national school walkout next month to protest what they say is Congress’s tacit response to mass shootings. The walkout on March 14 is set to last 17 minutes, and will seek to pressure lawmakers “to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods,” the group said on its website.