Aetna gives $200k toward protest against gun violence

Aetna will support March For Our Lives, a rally against gun violence and mass shootings, with a $200,000 donation, the insurer's CEO Mark Bertolini wrote in a LinkedIn post.

Mr. Bertolini's post was in response to a mass shooting at Parkland, Fla.-based Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Feb. 14 that left 14 students and three staff members dead.

"Experts agree that gun violence is a public health issue. Our current laws allow too many individuals to access weapons intended for battlefields while failing to keep firearms out of the hands of people who should not have them. I have long believed that corporations have a responsibility to advocate for important changes in our society, and on this issue, Aetna will not stand still," Mr. Bertolini wrote.

He added Aetna's donation is not in opposition to "responsible, legal" gun owners.

March For Our Lives was organized by the students and families affected by the Parkland shooting. It will be held March 24 in Washington, D.C.

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