It’s going to be a busy week downtown. The National Rifle Association Convention starts Wednesday. The Blues also host playoff games Thursday and Saturday. And the Cards home opener is Friday against the Cubs.In the report by Charles Jaco (who you may remember from CNN), the Mayor's Office claims that the biggest security concern will be the NRA members and their guns.
I have a very simple suggestion for Jeff Rainford, the Chief of Staff to Mayor Francis Slay, and that is to allow NRA members to conceal carry in America's Center and the Edward Jones Dome. If people are allowed to carry, most won't have to leave their firearms in their cars. Mayor Slay, if you haven't guessed it by now, is a member of Mayor Bloomberg's Illegal Mayors.
If you find Mr. Rainford's suggestion that we who are bringing millions of dollars to his fair city offensive - and I do - then you can send him a polite little note. It is actually very simple. Go here and use Mr. Rainford's handy email tool to send him a message directly.
UPDATE: I received a response from Mr. Rainford which I am printing below in its entirety. It paints a little different tune than that shown on the TV interview.
It will make you feel better to know that not only did I not say NRA members posed the greatest security risk, I did not say NRA members posed any security risk.KVTI Fox News 2 does seem to be trying to create more controversy than any other media outlet about the NRA Annual Meeting as evidenced by a later report which I posted a few minutes ago.
I did say the following:
1. We would hope that if NRA members leave their guns in their cars, they secure them.
2. We expect traffic will be tight.
3. We are taking steps to require parking lot operators to have attendants in place to be the eyes and ears for the police.
Hope this helps.