From 2000-2011, international business tycoon George Soros donated approximately $7 million to five different advocacy groups and organizations that support tougher gun laws, including the high-profile Brady Center to Prevent Gun violence.
The largest recipient was The American Bar Association, a volunteer professional membership group of attorneys, which received a whopping $4,093,946 over that time span, as reported by Newsbusters.org.
While its ties to gun control legislation may not be all that overt, the ABA website does state that the organization “believes that lawyers share a special responsibility to help create a just and secure society in which firearms are well-regulated.”
Moreover, ABA President Laurel Bellows echoed those thoughts in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
In January, Bellows endorsed President Obama’s and Vice President Biden’s proposal to reduce gun violence, writing that “Gun violence prevention policies are achievable and desperately needed,” including, “mandatory background checks before all gun sales” and “new legislation to restrict the availability of military assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.”
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence got a check for $50,000 from Soros. Obviously, that was not a huge contribution relative to the ABA donation, but a clear sign that Soros backs the push for tougher gun laws.
The other three recipients of the Soros bump included The Children’s Defense Fund, which received $550,000, The League of Women Voters, which received $2,028,020, and Physicians for Social Responsibility, which pulled in $5,000.
All of the aforementioned organizations, in one respect or another, believe in curtailing gun ownership via stringent regulations. Probably the most startling example was the Physicians for Social Responsibility, which lobbied for the “strongest possible legislative and regulatory approaches” with respect to guns.
In the past, Soros personally criticized the Bush administration from preventing progress on the gun control front. In his book, “The Bubble of American Supremacy: The Costs of Bush’s War in Iraq,” the champion of all causes liberal or progressive wrote that President Bush has “aggressively infringed the rights of states to legislate and enforce provisions on issues such as gun control and medical marijuana.”
Thoughts and commentary
Yeah, George Soros is pro-gun control. That shouldn’t shock anyone. But, to be perfectly honest, I was actually surprised that he didn’t donate more of his own money to organizations like the Brady Campaign, whose primary purpose is putting limitations on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.
That said, who’s to say that he hasn’t done exactly that in recent years or months the debate over gun control has captured the nation’s attention (again, the above info is from 2000-2011).
Though really, at the end of the day, whether it’s the Brady Campaign or a liberal-leaning lawyer group or some of the progressive media outlets he’s donated millions of dollars to in recent years (roughly 52 million), the results are the same: his empowering people who have an institutional hostility toward firearms.