Anti-gun protesters rally outside BlackRock shareholder meeting to condemn its Sturm Ruger investments

Anti-gun protesters rally outside BlackRock shareholder meeting to condemn its Sturm Ruger investments

Members of Code Pink and other anti-war groups protest BlackRock’s war profiteering outside the shareholder meeting. (Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News) Anti-gun demonstrators took aim at BlackRock Wednesday, rallying outside the private equity giant’s shareholder meeting in protest of its ties to one of the nation’s largest firearms makers. The roughly 50 gun control supporters blasted BlackRock and its CEO Larry Fink for pouring money into Sturm Ruger amid the country’s spate of mass school shootings. "We’re here to send a message that BlackRock investors and big Wall Street investors are propping up the NRA and therefore the death of kids across the country," said Jonathan Westin, director of the non-profit New York Communities for Change, said at the rally outside the Lotte New York Palace Hotel on Madison Ave. BlackRock, which is Sturm Ruger’s largest investor, has come under fire in recent months by activists claiming its pursuit of profits comes at the expense of gun violence victims. Texas mass murderer Devin Kelly used one of Ruger’s AR-15-style assault rifles to kill 26 people and wound 20 more inside a Sutherland Springs church last November. "I don’t know if this situation will ever change because these investors make so much money off this industry," said protester Andrew Ryan, 65, of Hastings on the Hudson. Members of New York Communities for Change protest BlackRock’s ties to the NRA outside the BlackRock shareholder meeting at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel on Wednesday. (Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News) A BlackRock […]

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