Billionaire Activist Tom Steyer Joins Gun Control Groups In Campaign To Register High School Students To Vote

Politico reports:

In response to last week’s deadly shooting in Florida, two prominent gun safety groups are joining with Tom Steyer, the Democratic billionaire activist, in a push ahead of the midterm elections to register high school students to vote around gun issues.

Steyer’s NextGen America group is working with Giffords — the group founded by former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, after she was shot in 2011 — and Everytown for Gun Safety, founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The effort is kicking off with a $1 million donation from Steyer.

“In the wake of this shooting in Parkland, what we saw was [that] the difference between this shooting and other shootings is these were older kids, and they had a voice that was incredibly powerful on a topic where elected officials had been paid for years — or decades — to look the other way,” Steyer told POLITICO, referring to surviving students who have spoken out in favor of stricter gun laws.

  • Good for him. Only way *anything* changes is if people, especially young people, get out and vote.

    • Reality.Bites

      Don’t forget Roy Moore’s defeat. People are MAD and engaged

  • Lazycrockett
    • Sam_Handwich

      only super sperm can save republicans now!!!

      • Joe in PA

        Where might one find said ‘super sperm’…asking for a friend.

        • Canadian Observer

          Just tell your friend to be wary of imitations. It is indistinguishable from regular sperm to the naked eye. You have to expose it to Kryptonite to tell if it is super or not… if it “wilts” it is super sperm.

          • Nowhereman

            That sounds like how they used to determine who was a witch and who was not. Tie a rock around their feet and throw them in the lake. If they float, they are witches. If they sink and drown, then they are not witches…but of course, either way, they die.

        • Nowhereman

          The fringe right found some in Obama’s official portrait…

          • Todd20036

            Certainly, the 3rd Smurf of the Apocalypse did.

        • Prost Seattle

          Fresh or felched?

          • Todd20036

            You’re disgusting! Lets do lunch.

          • Prost Seattle

            I like to eat at the Y.

      • JWC

        Do not be over confident You did that once already No one knows the putin factor

        • Todd20036

          Indeed, but there’s a big difference between now and 2016.

          Trump has been in power for 2 years, and he’s proven to be as incompetent, unintelligent, corrupt, and unhinged as we “libtards” claimed he was.

          The idiot masses don’t have to take our word for it, they’re seeing it themselves.

          That’s why Trump’s popularity is in the low 30s, instead of the upper 40s

          • JWC

            that was a scary statistic out the other day that Trump always wavers between 33-43%

      • Statistics Palin

        Must you encourage Whorrey Potter?

        • Todd20036

          Harry was never the same after he started using meth…

      • Todd20036

        Super hero names… that never made it

    • bkmn

      That Thernovich fellow thinks he is quite the wise one.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Getting at most a couple twenties more per biweekly paycheck is not a rabble rousing amount.

      • anne marie in philly

        my tax cut = $34; big fucking deal. VOTE BLUE!

  • tbj5

    Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) Tweeted:
    JUST IN (and contra Daily Beast): Tom Green just entered an appearance in the DC case as Rick Gates’ lawyer. Green then filed a notice Gates does not oppose his other lawyers withdrawing from the case.

    • Meaning the Beast’s earlier reporting appears to have been wrong.

      What we don’t yet know is whether there will be no plea deal from Gates. The guy genuinely doesn’t have the money for a long trial, not when most of it’s tied up because it’s alleged to be laundered.

    • JWC

      Rachel reported this 1-2 weeks ago

  • bkmn

    Hey NRA morans, this isn’t going to go away this time.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    How long before the GOP tries to raise the voting age?

    • Karl Dubhe

      It was lowered to the same age at which you could join/be drafted.

      They’re not going to try to raise it, they might try to restrict it to ex soldiers or policemen/firefighters, etc.

      • Canadian Observer

        The Robert Heinlein school of democracy.
        [edited to add: I hope I am judging the average age here correctly so that at least some will get the reference]

      • andrew

        Read the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

    • They might, but it would require changing the 26th Amendment, the fastest (I believe) ratification of a Constitutional Amendment in history. I don’t think they’ll succeed.

      • And the reason that happened was the 26th was promoted as a response to the draft: “Old enough to die for my country, but not old enough to vote.”

        • And while now have an all-volunteer army and no draft, I think the argument will still resonate. They might put an exemption for those 18+ serving in the military but I still don’t think it will go anywhere. If you’re old enough to sign a contract…

          • Hence I just don’t think there’s any political will for rescinding the vote from 18yo’s. Republicans are far more comfortable cheating to win via gerrymandering, poll taxes, outright voter suppression tactics, etc.

          • …making it hard for college kids to vote where they are attending school…

          • andrew

            Usually the 18-29 year old demographic have the lowest rate of voter participation with 65+ being the highest.

        • thatotherjean

          The drinking age in many states got lowered for the same reason. It was raised (back) to 21 by the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, in 1984.

    • kladinvt

      More than likely some republiCON-dweeb will introduce a bill returning voting to only allow, ‘property-owning or tax-paying white males’,the right to vote; although ‘tax-paying’ is just a ‘suggestion’.

      • andrew

        Unfortunately the GOP doesn’t have to amend the Constitution or change any laws to keep tens of millions of Americans away from the polls. About 2/3rd of Americans don’t bother to vote in primary elections and nearly 40% of them stay home even on presidential election day.

      • fuow

        You forgot to add: heterosexual, cis-gendered.

        • Snarkaholic

          Don’t forget: Uneducated.

    • JCF

      Still say they’ll go after birthright citizenship, first.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    Semi-related. So if a cop won’t do it, we expect Ms Hunty, chemistry teacher, to be Rambo?

    • Mr. James Parson

      Thank you for serving and protecting, officer.

      • MonochromeMouse

        I know you’re being sarcastic, but this is a good setup to mention that ever since Warren v. District of Columbia the police don’t have to protect or serve, their only purpose is to punish.

        • Mr. James Parson

          Interesting. It is only a motto, not even necessarily a policy.

          • TominDC

            “Fair and Balanced.”

            If you need a tagline to tell people what you (supposedly) stand for…

          • Todd20036

            Personally, I like being a little unbalanced.

    • Nowhereman

      Wow. Just wow.

    • thatotherjean

      To be fair to the deputy, his handgun would have been no match for the shooter with a semi-automatic rifle, who surveillance tapes showed was still in the building. The tapes were 20 minutes out of sync (how does that happen?) and he had actually left, but the deputy had no way of knowing that. I can’t blame the man for waiting for the SWAT team to show up before he entered the building; he wasn’t hired to commit suicide.

      • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

        I’m more pointing out the stupidity of arming teachers

        • thatotherjean

          Yeah, the idea of arming teachers is truly stupid. It would only get more of them killed. We need fewer guns, not more.

    • JCF

      I don’t know why people are suprised by this. Stats show that most American soldiers in WW2 NEVER fired their guns. It’s actually really hard to get people to fire weapons at other people (which is why the military during Vietnam began much more dehumanizing training).

      Not having been in this guy’s shoes, I don’t judge him in the least (while I understand it’s probably best he find another line of work).

      • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

        Like teaching 😉

    • Todd20036

      Time for a pop quiz scumbag

  • S1AMER

    Wanna show you’re a true patriot?

    Register to vote if you’re not already. Get you ass to the polls every election day (including primaries and local elections). And do everything you possibly can to get lots of other people to join you.

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      Vote Democratic the entire ballot – at least in 2018. Vote for Change!

    • anne marie in philly

      FUCK YEAH!

  • BeaverTales

    I’m not leaving my country…my country left me.

  • James

    OT but it turns out the US, Canada, and UK arms of Amazon all sell NRA products, and the first two also have NRATV. #StopNRAmazon is currently trending on Twitter.

    • Reality.Bites

      May the NRA become the new Kevin Spacey

      Or better yet, the new Mark Salling

  • teedofftaxpayer

    The Red states will change the voting age to 21, just give it a month or so.

    • Jefe5084

      they would prefer 70 or older. /s

      • Ann Kah

        That wouldn’t help them with me.

    • andrew

      The 26th Amendment to the Constitution gives citizens 18 and older the right to vote. The Amendment clearly states that no State can deny or abridge that right.

      • LesbianTippingHabits

        They’ll try anyway, but that’s what the ACLU etc. is for.

        • As Andrew says above, you can vote at 18 years of age in any area of the United States of America, period. You may not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, property ownership status, or sex. That is federal law guaranteed by our Constitution. Anyone seeking to raise the age to vote, or take another right away from a class or group, would have to pass a Constitutional Amendment to get that done. It cannot be simply legislated. That is a very difficult thing to accomplish. I cannot see 3/4 (38) of the states agreeing to ratify an amendment raising the minimum age to vote- even if it ever passed both Houses of Congress by supermajorities. The other remedy to change the Constitution, a Constitutional Convention, has never been called for by 2/3 of the States.

  • lymis

    Right Wing Media declares registering to vote to be unpatriotic in …3….2….1….

  • Jefe5084

    Good for him.

    But for some reason I was suddenly wondering what happened to Billy Mummy? /s

  • JWC

    Thats now around 3.5 million in donations to these Kids I am proud of them

  • I turned 18 about six weeks before a presidential election. My Government (Civics) teacher had registration cards for anyone who would be eligible to vote. Everyone at the polling place was so excited that I was voting for the first time. (Poll workers tend to be nerdy about stuff like that and from what I can tell still are.)

    The moment in 2008 when I knew Obama was going to win (I had concerns as there had been a history of poll numbers collapsing for African Americans in statewide contests in the years leading up to that election.) was when I went to vote before going to work and there were all these young people in line to vote. I think we’re looking at that in 2018. I sure hope so.

    • fuow

      I do, too. Not in Wyoming, but perhaps in enough places that we might have a chance to flip both houses!

  • Boreal

    This is what it’s all about. Protests are great to raise awareness but nothing changes unless we vote these kunts out of office.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    My high school included voter registration forms in our graduation packet. I registered as soon as I could and I’ve voted ever since. I’ve only missed one (local) election since turning 18. I hope that by registering these students they’ll make faithful voters out of them. If more Democrats were faithful voters, we could replace not just the people beholden to the NRA, but pass more progressive legislation across the board.


      My creative writing teacher (And biggest advocate and only adult solace in H.S.) gave me a registration on my birthday, the last week of H.S., I’ve also voted ever since. There are many other lessons from her I wish I’d have followed.

      • Prost Seattle

        That is a great gift idea. Along with a Check or gift card.

        • Lars Littlefield

          I wasn’t able to register to vote until I was 21 which is the way it was in those days for my generation. In Utah, the registration took place where your polling place. I knocked on the door of a very upscale mormon white brick modern home. The guy who answered was the local bishop for what would have been my “ward” if I attended mormon services. He scowled and tried to do anything he could to discourage me from registering. When I finally had enough of his BS I bluntly told him I’d be happy to return with my attorney, a witness from the League of Women Voters and a city policeman so I could register and have him arrested for trying to abridge my right as a citizen. He threw the form at me and marched off. I filled it out and left it on his “official” I Am the Alpha Male desk in his foyer. I even attached a note written in red ink requesting him to not forget to turn in my registration form to the county clerk.

          A month later I finally had to visit with the county clerk to file a formal complaint because I hadn’t received a voter registration card. That was back in the 1960s.

          Republican mormons haven’t changed much since then.

          • perversatile

            Damn Lars- you just made me realize how
            badly I am in need of a role-model. -xo

  • another_steve

    This is the realistic approach. Love to them. Get young voters to go to the polls in droves in November and vote all Republicans out of Congress and out of the state houses.

    Pragmatic politics in action.

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      Yes, absolutely.

      If you’re not registered to vote and/or don’t actually vote, then all your tweets, likes, knee-takings, etc., mean Zero.

  • billbear1961

    Justice is our surety…

  • Nowhereman

    The NRA puppets in congress are beginning to look like deer caught in the headlights when they are confronted with the young adults who survived this latest massacre. I think it has dawned on them that not only are they mature, intelligent and very very pissed off, they are also old enough or almost old enough to vote this fall. I’m glad that Steyer is working on helping them register.

  • Kevin Andrews

    Good on this man. With the Koch, Mercer and Oil/Banking cronyism of the Fascist Republicans, his voice and acts are greatly appreciated.

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Fundamentally, until socially conservative voters let their legislators know that they are changing their minds – and will become anti-gun single-issue voters – nothing will change.

    What the NRA provides is actually votes; money is less important. There are many pro-gun single-issue voters; they are needed to gain a majority.

    That’s not the case with progressives – those who bother to vote the entire ballots, if at all, that is.

    Sad !

    • fuow

      We rarely agree, but you’re 100% right.

  • Silver Badger

    Well the NRA should be pleased. The politicians they bought appear to stay bought. Accepting NRA donations should ring death knell to any political campaign.

  • thatotherjean

    It’s good to see Steyer spending his money in places where it will actually help. Supporting gun control groups getting high school kids regestered to vote makes a lot more sense than supporting a campaign for impeachment at this point. I hope he’s also given money to the Florida survivors to help in organizing/paying for their demonstrations

  • Professor Barnhardt

    Lovely Rita, meter maid
    Nothing can come between us
    When it gets dark I tow your heart away

  • ian

    Important to get those turning 18 prior to November 2018 registered to vote, and to actually follow through. I was unable to attend the Woman’s March held in my city a few months ago, but I hope all those mothers who have kids about to turn 18 get them registered and hopefully convince them the importance of voting.