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causes popular in their liberal circles.
Ballmer, for example, recently spent
a record $2 billion to buy the Los
Angeles Clippers.
Warren Buffet-the second
richest man in the world ($67 billion)
according to Forbes-is on Everytown's
advisory board. It isn't clear, however,
how much he has given to Bloomberg's
anti-gun group, as Everytown keeps its
donors secret.
Another big spender on Everytown's
advisory board is Nick Hanauer.
Co-chair and ceo of the Pacific Coast
Feather Company, he was also one of
the first investors in Amazon.com.
In 2014 Hanauer gave more than
$1.3 million to the gun control
campaign in Washington state.
Billionaires Irwin and Joan Jacobs
are also on Everytown's advisory
board. They have joined The Giving
Pledge, promising to give away most
of their fortune to philanthropy.
The Giving Pledge consists of about
40 American billionaires who have
agreed to pledge 50 percent or more
of their wealth to philanthropic
causes. Jacobs is one of the founders
of Qualcomm.
Kenneth Lerer is another of the
well-heeled individuals on Everytown's
advisory board. He was the chairman
and co-founder of The Huffington
Post, a progressive news website
acquired by aol in 2011. Lerer is a
past executive vice president of aol
Time Warner. In 2013, Lerer launched
Stopthenra.com to push for a new
"assault weapons" ban. He has since
donated that gun control website
to the anti-gun Brady Campaign to
Prevent Gun Violence.
Another big spender on Everytown's
advisory board is Eli L. Broad. In
August 2013, Broad donated $250,000
in a failed attempt to prevent the recalls
of Colorado Senate President John
Morse and Sen. Angela Giron, who
were successfully recalled for their
support of gun control legislation. In
1957, Broad started a homebuilding
company with Donald Kaufman in
Detroit. In 1971, Broad acquired Sun

Life Insurance Company of America.
Broad transformed Sun Life into
SunAmerica Mutual Funds. In 1999,
he sold SunAmerica to the American
International Group for $18 billion.
He now uses some of his vast fortune
to convince people to give up their
Second Amendment-protected rights.
Then there is Stephen Barton, a
British film and video game composer
who has lived and worked in Los
Angeles since 2001. He is also on
Everytown's advisory board. He has
composed the music for dozens of
major film, television and video game
projects, including the very bloody
Call of Duty : Modern Warfare.
There are other mega-wealthy
people, law firms and groups that
could be listed here. But the point is
that these donors are a small but very
wealthy group who want to restrict
the average law-abiding American's
right to keep and bear arms. There are,
of course, also a lot of very wealthy
people who support the right to bear
arms. But the big picture here is
that a few very wealthy people, law
firms and foundations are paying
propaganda machines (Everytown and
Americans for Responsible Solutions)
to try to convince people to vote away
their basic freedoms. They know a
misinformed public can, through
good will, unknowingly vote away
its precious liberty-rights earned
in blood.
The opposition they face is nra's
true grassroots base-nearly 5 million
law-abiding Americans who simply
want to preserve liberty for future
generations. The only effective way
to save freedom is to continue to
speak the truth about the Second
Amendment and what is really
effective at stopping and preventing
violence, while shining the light of
truth on the mega-rich who want to
sweep our freedom into the dustbin of
American history.
Frank Miniter is a New York Times'
bestselling author whose latest book is
"The Future of the Gun."
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