In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has announced that he will match every donation to Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group he founded in 2014.
"US has a gun violence problem," Bloomberg tweeted last week. "@Everytown & @MomsDemand are working to solve it. I'll match every donation. Give now." Created in 2014 by the merger of two Bloomberg-funded groups, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Everytown for Gun Violence comprises a 501(c)(3) support fund and a 501(c)(4) action fund. The donations to be matched are to the (c)(4) fund and will be used to raise public awareness of gun violence, common-sense gun laws, and responsible gun ownership; pressure lawmakers to strengthen gun laws; and amplify the voices of survivors of gun violence.
Bloomberg has long advocated for tougher firearms regulation, CNBC notes. When the National Rifle Association introduced a bill earlier this year to legalize concealed-carry reciprocity, which would allow gun owners to carry weapons freely between states, Bloomberg said he would spend $25 million to fight it. Last week, following revelations that the shooter in Las Vegas had used "bump fire stocks" to modify the semi-automatic weapons he used to murder fifty-eight people and wound hundreds of others, the NRA issued a statement "calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law."
"Any lawmaker, politician, or pundit who has stood with the NRA must now publicly rebuke the NRA's leaders and reject their continued efforts to make guns available to anyone, anywhere, any time — no questions asked," said Shannon Watts, who founded Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. "Americans' lives are on the line, and the safety of our families and communities is in clear jeopardy."