A Maine restaurant owner is standing up for her right to prohibit assault rifle owners and supporters from eating at her restaurants, Portland Press Herald reports.
Anne Virrell, owner of Grace in Portland and Foreside Tavern in Falmouth, posted to Facebook that her businesses would no longer serve people who own AR-15s or condone the ownership of AR-15s.
In a Facebook post on Grace’s page, Virrell wrote,
“If you own this gun, or you condone the ownership of this gun for private use, you may no longer enter either of my restaurants, because the only thing I want to teach my children is love.”
She typed these words next to a picture of an AR-15, the same gun which Omar Mateen used to kill and injure dozens in Orlando last weekend. “I cannot, in good conscience, accept anyone inside of my restaurants who believes that this is OK,” she continued.
Virrell immediately faced backlash in reactionary Facebook comments, began receiving negative Yelp reviews and deleted the post amidst the fury among gun-loving conservatives that she invoked.
Shortly afterwards, she wrote an impassioned response to all the negative vitriol she received from gun supporters for voicing her opinion.
In attempt to “stand on the right side of history,” Virrell boldly risked the popularity of her two businesses, she told WMTV.
By speaking up for what she believes in—that military weapons do not belong in American homes—she highlighted that gun ownership is not an issue of politics, but of human rights.