The Mayor Pro Tem of Dallas says the National Rifle Association needs to cancel its planned national convention set for Dallas in May, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Usually city leaders actively solicit major conventions, and the NRA's annual meeting is one of the biggest, attracting visitors and exhibitors from around the world.
But Dwaine Caraway says following last week's massacre at a Florida high school, it will also attract plenty of demonstrations, and leave the Dallas taxpayers holding the bill.
"Reconsider yourselves coming to Dallas," Carraway said to NRA leaders today. "There will be marches and demonstrations should they come to Dallas, and we in Dallas will be the ones who will have to bear the costs and the responsibility to protect the citizens."T
he NRA is scheduled to meet at Dallas' Hutchison Convention Center in mid May.
Caraway says rather than bringing huge gun displays to Dallas, NRA leadership should instead focus on working out regulations to prevent people like the Florida teenaged gunman from being able to easily acquire weapons.
"It is putting all citizens first and getting them to come to the table and getting elected officials to come to the table and address this madness now," he said.