The number of mass shootings our country has seen in the past few years is horrifying, and only increasing. When will we begin to see some change in our legislation that will better protect our citizens? While no one law will end this gruesome act, I believe there are steps we can take as a country to begin the process and see a safer future from gun violence. Here’s a list of billionaires that we can count on to continue fighting for this cause.
The former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, has become one of the leading voices in gun control. During an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg talks about how if we start to implement gun control laws at the federal level, we may not get anywhere. However, we already see success with laws at the state level. Bloomberg then compares gun laws to gay marriage. Not many people thought that would ever happen, however, once enough people outwardly showed their support, we realized it wasn’t as difficult as we all had been imagining it to be. Bloomberg believes this can happen with gun control as well.
Bill Gates, along with his wife Melinda, donated $1 million to support implementing a policy that requires all firearm sales to have criminal background checks. This donation was back in 2014. I would love to see some support from the Gates family in the upcoming year.
Just as Bill Gates, the other co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, donated a large sum of money in 2014 to the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, $500,000 to be exact.
Another Microsoft-er, CEO Steve Ballmer, cut a check for $580,000 in 2014 to support the advocation of expanding criminal background checks in the state of Washington.
The investment guru, Warren Buffett, sits on the advisory board of Everytown for Gun Safety. Everytown is an organization working to end gun violence, started by Michael Bloomberg.
Worth $8 billion, according to Forbes, George Soros has been contributing billions of dollars to Open Society Foundations in support of gun control laws. In 2012, Soros donated to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in the aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.