DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas restaurant that was boycotted by National Rifle Association members during their annual convention donated $15,000 to gun reform Sunday.
It started with a receipt that went viral over social media.READ MORE: Explainer: Are Evictions In Texas About To Increase?
A receipt from Ellen’s in downtown Dallas had a message during the weekend of the NRA convention that said:
“A portion of this week’s proceeds will be donated to implementing reasonable and effective gun regulations that protect citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights and also help reduce needless gun violence.”
The message was implemented during the NRA’s annual meeting at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center, and gun proponents didn’t take kindly to the message.READ MORE: Texas Board Votes To Accept Invitation To Join SEC
The NRA urged members not to eat at the restaurant while they were in Dallas. There were also many people that ate at the restaurant to support the message after seeing the posts on social media.
“We’d never been the subject of a boycott, or any controversy whatsoever. It was an interesting phenomenon at first. But what we found was, instead of people being taken away for us, it drew people to us,” said Ellen’s co-owner Joe Groves.
People also started donating on top of the restaurant’s initial promise from all over the world.MORE NEWS: Haltom City Police Share Video Of Vehicle Of Interest In Alleged Sexual Assault
The restaurant ultimately chose to donate the money to the group “Moms Demand Action,” a group that touts belief in the Second Amendment while pushing for reform like background checks for all gun sales.