Buzzfeed News reports:
A popular Dallas restaurant received threats of shootings after the National Rifle Association tweeted for its supporters to “steer clear” of the eatery because it put a message advocating gun regulation on its receipts during an NRA convention.
“We’ve had people calling and say they’re going to shoot the place up, one that implied he would be burning us down today. Ridiculous people,” Joe Groves, owner of Ellen’s restaurant, told BuzzFeed News.
The Hill reports:
“A portion of this week’s proceeds will be donated to organizations dedicated to implementing reasonable and effective gun regulations that protect citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights and also help reduce needless gun violence. Welcome to Dallas!” the message reads.
The message on the receipts was picked up by the NRA, who tweeted it out to its 665,000 followers, igniting outrage among the group’s members.
Ellen’s Restaurant responded to the backlash in a post on Facebook, saying that it simply wanted to find “common ground and compromise in the fight to eliminate needless gun violence, especially in our schools and against our dedicated police officers.”
Attn @AnnualMeetings attendees. Steer clear of Ellen’s in downtown Dallas! Why go there when there are so many other great choices. 🤔#sorrynotsorry #StandAndFight #DefendTheSecond pic.twitter.com/joX7pPoPm4
— NRA (@NRA) May 5, 2018