In the tragic aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which seventeen people were killed and fifteen wounded when a former student entered the school and opened fire with an AR-15 style rifle, Americans have spoken out en masse against Republicans’ inaction regarding gun control.
While the GOP fails to enact any legislation, Americans have taken it upon themselves to fill the void of leadership. The Parkland, Florida students have planned a massive march on March 24 to demand gun control and challenge the NRA’s stranglehold on the Republican Party.
This morning, Hollywood superstar actor George Clooney and his wife, international law and human rights lawyer, Amal Clooney, pledged to march with the Parkland students, as well as donate $500,000. Shortly thereafter, Oprah pledged support for the movement, promising to match the Clooneys’ $500,000 donation.
Now, iconic director Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw, along with producer Jeffrey Katzenberg and wife Marilyn, have also matched the $500,000 donations.
“The young students in Florida and now across the country are already demonstrating their leadership with a confidence and maturity that belies their ages,” said Capshaw and Spielberg. “Kate and I applaud their efforts to take a stand for the benefit of this and future generations. They are an inspiration to us all, and we are joining in this movement with a donation of $500,000.”
The Katzenbergs will not only match the donation, but join the Clooneys at the march.
“Marilyn and I are proud to stand with the brave young leaders from Parkland, Florida, who have taken their pain and grief and turned it into action. We will join Amal and George Clooney on March 24 to stand alongside these remarkable young people. We are also donating $500,000 to March for Our Lives to support this historic event.”
The students, predictably, reacted to the news with delight.
SO EXCITED TO SAY THAT STEVEN SPIELBERG AND JEFFREY KATZENBERG EACH DONATED HALF A MILLION TO OUR CAUSE, WE LOVE JAWS AND SHREK
— Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 20, 2018
The influx of donations will go to the March For Our Lives group, the organization planning the March 24th demonstration, and will help pay for the costs of the historic event.
It’s a moving gesture and it’s exactly the kind of thing every American with the means to do should be doing. We can no longer sit idly by while these horrific shootings massacre Americans en masse.
Were it not for easy accessibility to firearms, a young man wouldn’t be able to enter a store, purchase an AR-15 — a gun designed to kill enemy combatants on a battlefield — take it to a school and murder children. Guns themselves don’t kill people, sure, but they make it much, much, easier. We need new laws and we need them now.
Trump may have used his celebrity to exploit Americans by telling them what they wanted to hear, but celebrities with far greater star power are finally fighting back.