Gun-Control Group Pledges $2.5 Million to Fund Marches Across the US
Everytown for Gun Safety said on Friday it will donate money for rallies
A gun-control advocacy group announced on Friday it is to pledge $2.5 million to fund anti-gun protests across the United States.
Everytown for Gun Safety said it will donate up to $2,500,000 to support marches around the US on March 24, the date scheduled for the March For Our Lives rally in Washington to demand politicians to tighter gun laws.
The organization donating the funding is founded by the billionaire former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who's also the founder of the Bloomberg media company.
The group is calling for the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress to overhaul gun laws following the recent spate of shootings in the United States.
The shooting last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed, has triggered a student-led movement organizing the planned march in the nation’s capital.
Reuters reports: Organizers said more than 300 other related events are being organized in support of the march both in the United States and abroad.
Everytown will give grants of $5,000 to organizers of up to 500 “sibling” marches, to help with permits, equipment rentals, transportation and other costs.
“Students are making history and demanding that our elected officials protect them,” John Feinblatt, Everytown’s president, said in a statement.
Everytown is a non-profit group founded by Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire founder of the Bloomberg media company and former New York City mayor.
Bloomberg, a longtime advocate of gun control, established Everytown in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
The group works to elect lawmakers willing to make background checks for gun sales more stringent, among other tougher gun-control measures.
Many student survivors of the Florida shooting have emerged as prominent advocates for greater gun control.
They hope to tip the balance in a long-running national debate over how much regulation is permitted by the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, which the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled guarantees an individual right to have guns.
U.S. President Donald Trump, a Republican, has suggested steps including training teachers to carry concealed guns and confiscating guns from people deemed to be dangerous without due process rights.
Republican lawmakers in Congress have said they want to improve the national background check system.