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Fagan on 2018 NRA Convention in Dallas

Approximately 80,000 people are expected to attend the National Rifle Association's 147th annual meeting in Dallas this week (running from May 3-6) at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center. The convention will host gun vendors, forums and luncheons, and President Trump and Vice President Pence are both scheduled to speak at Friday's NRA-Institute for Legislative Action Leadership (NRA-ILA) Forum. Ironically, no weapons will be allowed at this forum.

The NRA meeting serves as an important reminder that we must keep "dark money" such as the funds the NRA donates to "Second Amendment leaders" out of politics. A quick glance at their list of speakers at Friday's NRA-ILA forum reads like a who's who of Texas Republicans, including Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and even Gov. Greg Abbott. Though he's not a speaker, our own 26th District Rep. Michael Burgess has received $19,000 in donations from the NRA since 2003. The more we continue to elect NRA-sponsored candidates, the longer we'll go without meaningful gun control laws.

As a Moms Demand Action Candidate of Distinction, I pledge to do my part to enact effective legislation to change existing gun laws in the United States. These changes should include:

  • Improved background check programs
  • Reevaluating the type of weapons those under 21 can purchase
  • Allowing the CDC to look at and analyze gun violence data
  • Limiting magazine size
  • Reevaluating the types of guns civilians have access to
  • Regulating guns at least as well as we regulate vehicles
  • Outlawing bump stocks and other modifications that circumvent existing regulation

Whether you'll be watching news reports about the convention from home, attending the convention as a participant, or joining in the multiple protests scheduled to occur outside the convention center with groups like the Next Generation Action Network,, and Dallas United Against Gun Violence, when you think about the NRA convention, think about the positive changes that could be made to our existing gun laws if our local leaders weren't beholden to the NRA.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

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