Nashville Flower Shop Refuses Service to GOP Over Shooting at Christian School

A law enforcement officer runs near the Covenant School after a shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. March 27, 2023 in a still image from video. WKRN/NewsNation via REUTERS.
April 13, 2023

A Nashville flower shop refused to serve a Republican National Committee fundraiser, blaming the GOP for the recent shooting at a Christian school in the city.

Owners of the FLWR Shop published on Instagram their letter to the RNC, which detailed their reasoning for denying service to the GOP fundraising event, Fox News reported.

"We immediately declined this ‘opportunity,’ and we want to take this moment to publicly clarify our stance," the FLWR Shop wrote in its letter.

"We will not be accepting any of your money," the shops owners wrote. "The blood of the 3 beautiful babies we lost in Nashville is on that money."

The store also suggested that others "say no to taking money or jobs from the Republican party" until they change gun laws.

The FLWR Shop nevertheless claimed not to discriminate against conservatives, saying "we respect their views and appreciate their business," but that "at this moment I cannot ignore the work that the RNC has done to create this tragedy and so many others just like it."

On March 27, a transgender shooter murdered six people, including three children, in the Covenant School in Nashville.

Democrats in the Tennessee State House disrupted the chamber in a gun reform demonstration following the shooting, in what some have labeled an insurrection. The House voted last week to expel two of the members, who were later reinstated.

In January, a Colorado appeals court ruled that Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips broke the law by refusing to make a birthday cake celebrating a gender transition. Phillips won a case before the Supreme Court in 2018 after refusing to make a custom wedding cake for a gay couple.

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