George Soros denies funding students’ gun control fight
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George Soros denies funding students’ gun control fight

Spokeswoman for Jewish billionaire says stories claiming he was behind Florida shooting survivors’ protest are ‘false,’ but he supports it

George Soros, Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundation, at a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on April 27, 2017. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool Photo via AP)
George Soros, Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundation, at a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on April 27, 2017. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool Photo via AP)

PARKLAND, Florida — Student survivors of a mass shooting in Florida who’ve rallied to increase gun control aren’t being bankrolled by billionaire liberal Jewish philanthropist George Soros, despite the claims of several false stories, his company said.

Soros is not providing any funding to the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, although he does support their efforts, said his spokeswoman, Laura Silber.

“Those who smear their motives, and try to paint their genuine grassroots activism as somehow bought and paid for, do them — and the country — a grave disservice,” Soros’ organization, the Open Societies Foundations, said in a statement after the February 14 shooting.

Student Angelia Lazo holds up a sign while standing near the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were killed on February 14, on February 18, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP)

The students began lobbying to change gun laws shortly after the shooting that killed 17, planning a March 24 demonstration in Washington and drawing supporters on social media and through television appearances.

Some stories claim Soros is connected with members of Women’s March Youth Empower, another student group that is organizing March 14 school walkouts against gun violence, and that a “Soros-funded ‘National Gun Control Movement'” seeks the confiscation of guns in the US.

Silber said the Open Society Foundations have supported organizations working on gun violence prevention in the past, but don’t currently do so. She also said there’s no connection between the foundations and Women’s March Youth Empower.

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