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Dallas politician claiming worry about protests at NRA conve

Postby M-Quigley » Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:16 am

https://www.citylab.com/equity/2018/02/ ... wn/553784/

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02 ... where.html

Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway, who’s the city’s District 4 representative, issued a statement urging the NRA to reconsider hosting its annual leadership forum in Dallas in May.

“There will be marches and demonstrations should [the NRA] come to Dallas,” Caraway told reporters. “And we, Dallas, will be the ones that have to bear the costs, the responsibility, and to protect the citizens.”


The bolded part below is not supported by the author with any evidence, so it appears to be just an unsupported opinion. I haven't read anything at this time that suggests the Dallas PD blames the NRA for what happened.

But going forward, protests may be much bigger, if the Parkland massacre proves to be a tipping point. While Texans truly love their guns, progressive Dallas may not like being linked to a divisive organization that will spend the coming weeks and months trying to discredit the message of traumatized teenagers. Gun violence is a particular sore spot in Dallas, especially for members of the Dallas Police Department who might prefer to sit out an emotional, confrontational reminder of their own very recent tragedy: In July 2016, the city became the site of the deadliest showdown for law enforcement in recent history.


Robert Wilonsky, a columnist for The Dallas Morning News, explains how the Big D kickback came to be. Most of the rent for the convention center was paid for by the city’s Tourism Public Improvement District, which represents large Dallas hotels and draws its funds from a percentage of room rentals. The organization’s board members, mostly hotel executives, approved the NRA subsidy in 2012. Which makes sense: Some 70,000 to 80,000 attendees will be staying in the Dallas area, many of them in hotel blocks, during the convention. “[L]ong story short: The hotels are paying for the NRA to come to town,” Wilonsky writes.

What’s good business for large hotel chains isn’t necessarily good for the city, however: As Caraway said, it will fall on Dallas, not the Sheraton, to provide security for any protests that this convention draws and clean-up after any unrest. That hasn’t been so much of a problem in the past: A protest of the NRA’s 2017 convention in Atlanta drew about 200 demonstrators, including the city’s House Representative, John Lewis.
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Postby djthomas » Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:13 pm

This seems to be the new way to subvert freedom of speech and assembly. A new twist on the heckler's veto. Claim that the disfavored event will require insurmountable security costs because of the actions of people unassociated with the event. That those agitators share your own political views is just the merest coincidence.
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