The Greek-American owner of Brooklyn’s Grand Prospect Hall has cancelled an annual National Rifle Association (NRA) fundraiser after complaints from neighbors.
Michael Halkias, the owner of the hall in Park Slope, ditched the event in light of the outrage caused after the Feb. 14 shooting that led to the deaths of 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
According to a New York Daily News report, Grand Prospect Hall was the second choice of the NRA to hold their fundraiser after a restaurant in Coney Island also withdrew its support.
“The internet went crazy,” Halkias told the New York Daily News. “The people of Park Slope are very focused and they made their case to the Grand Prospect Hall. Some of them were very convincing and gentle — and some of them were very nasty and ugly.”
The Greek-American hall owner said that he took the decision to cancel the deal with the NRA after strong reactions from locals, and particularly the schools in the area.