After the deadly terror attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, a restaurant owner in Portland (Maine not Oregon) wanted to do something “outside the box” in order to solve the problem of “gun violence” in America.
Anne Verrill, owner of two Portland-area restaurants, wrote on Facebook that anyone who owns—or even supports an individual’s right to own—an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, may “no longer enter either of my restaurants, because the only thing I want to teach my children is love.”
The post was deleted after a bunch of people on the internet who like guns found out about it and wrote mean things and threatened to boycott.
The New York Times published a rather breathless account of Verrill’s activism:
This time she took a stand, knowing it could hurt her business in a pro-gun, largely rural state, where hunting and target practice are immensely popular and where the political schisms run deep.
It’s one thing to say that people who carry AR-15s, which is legal to do in Maine without a permit, cannot be served in a restaurant. Over the past several years, big chains such as Starbucks, Chipotle, and Panera Bread have implored customers in “open-carry” states not to bring their firearms into their establishments.
After deleting her original post, Verrill published a second, heartfelt-follow up:
But Verrill wants to refuse service to people who simply believe that Americans should have a right to carry rifles. Some have noted that the situation is similar to a baker refusing to serve a gay couple on religious grounds. Such incidents sparked a wave of lawsuits and general outrage on the left, which usually rails against discrimination.