Dallas Restaurant Adds Special Message To Receipts During NRA Convention

"We believe our position is anything but controversial."

As members of the National Rifle Association gather in Dallas for the organization's annual meeting, one local restaurant is adding its voice to the conversation about gun control. Ellen's, located near where the convention is being held, added three lines to the bottom of its receipts Friday indicating that the restaurant will be donating part of its proceeds from the week to organizations that promote effective gun regulations. The message has since gone viral and garnered criticism from some and support from others. 

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"Thanks for visiting Ellen's! A portion of this week's proceeds will be donated to organizations dedicated to implementing reasonable and effective gun regulations. Welcome to Dallas!" read restaurant's initial addition to its receipts.

As word of the message became to spread, Ellen's started receiving backlash both through calls to the restaurant and online. 

Ellen's owner Joe Groves told the local CBS affiliate that despite how others appeared to be interpreting those three lines, he is a supporter of both the NRA and the second amendment. He said he was partly inspired to make the addition by the killing of five Dallas police officers in 2016. 

"No NRA member wants kids to get slaughtered," Graves said. "No NRA member wants cops to get killed. And people like me don't want to take their guns away either. Can we not have both?"

Ellen's announced via a Facebook post that it has decided to amend its message to include a note that it will be supporting organizations that implement "reasonable and effective gun regulations that protect citizens' 2nd Amendment rights and also help reduce needless gun violence" and believes that the two ideas are not mutually exclusive. 

"We believe our position is anything but controversial," the post reads. "Rather, it is the American way of dealing with problems. Historically, every time we have had a big challenge, we have come together -- Republicans, Democrats, Conservatives, and Liberals -- and put our collective brain power and dedication to the task.

"No one wants children to die in their classrooms. No one wants police to be killed in the line of duty. The differences we have are in our approach. But we can fix it if we breathe, calm down, and listen to one another. As Americans, that's what we are supposed to do."

Cover image via Shutterstock /  chrisdorney

(H/T:  Refinery29)

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