The NRA told members to boycott the eating establishment Ellen’s because some of their profits go toward gun reform.
“The NRA picked up on it and itself tweeted a boycott demand for our restaurant which was retweeted thousands of times and the backlash was instantaneous,” explained the restaurant’s owner Joe Groves. “We’ve been told that we were being shot up, to expect a bomb at any time, that they would be visiting but they don’t want to be there when the explosion happens. Out staff has been harassed. We’ve been getting a lot of prank phone calls, at a lot of hang-up phone calls.”
The annual NRA convention took place near Ellen’s with a reported 80,000 attendees. Groves says he is for the Second Amendment and since the NRA’s tweet, he’s actually seen more business and support.
“The good news is the backlash is to them, not us, because our sales have actually increased,” he said. “And our objective of donating to charity has actually improved because guests are coming in and adding to their checks specifically to support out charities. So thank you, NRA, for helping us achieve our goal and we hope to see you next year.”