The Foundations that brought you Obamacare are banding together to bring you Gun Control
The White House on Tuesday afternoon reached out to major philanthropic foundations not typically associated with gun control to gauge how much they are willing to get involved in President Obama’s future gun violence prevention efforts, according to a person on the call.There is also the claim that the Obama administration is working with WalMart and other businesses to push for government monitoring on the private transfer of guns.
The call, which featured Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Jonathan Greenblatt, the director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, and members of Vice President Biden’s staff, was largely a “listening session,” according to the person on the call, who represents a .
The person said included the Open Society Institute, the McCormick Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the California Endowment. Those groups, which traditionally work in public health fields, have not previously been identified with major gun control efforts. . . .
“There’s only one reason why you get a bunch of deeppocketed funders on the phone,” the participant said. “It’s not because they’re great dancers. It’s because at the end of the day you need to tap into them for something.” . . .
If true, these moves point to a really serious battle coming up.
UPDATE: Michael Bloomberg is giving another $350 million to Johns Hopkins. The money will go to financial aid to students and public health issues, including gun violence research.