Robert Kraft is rolling with the Resistance.
The owner of the New England Patriots gave his support to Saturday’s #MarchforOurLives pro-gun control rally by lending the team’s official plane to students and families in Parkland, Fla. who wanted to attend the Washington, D.C. event, the Boston Globe reports.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and their families boarding the @Patriots plane from #FLL to attend the #MarchForOurLives rally in Washington, DC this weekend. #MSDStrong pic.twitter.com/Ja0HwMEwfS
— Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Airport (FLL) (@FLLFlyer) March 23, 2018
Stacey James, a spokesperson for the team, told the Globe that the families of some of the victims of last month’s school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, along with some students who were injured, were flown to the nation’s capital on Thursday.
James said Kraft made the decision to support the protest after being contacted by former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly.
The couple founded the gun prevention group “Giffords” after the former lawmaker was shot in the head in 2011.
“Not only did their friends and teachers get shot and killed, other friends shot and injured . . . most of them, they had bullets flying over their heads,” Kelly told the Washington Post.
— Kali Clougherty (@kali4change) March 23, 2018
He added, “This is not fair that they have to deal with something like this at their age.”
The students and family members will be flown back at the conclusion of the rally Saturday. According to the Globe, neither Kraft, who has said he is a Trump supporter, nor any Patriots team members were on the flight.
Heading to D.C. & I’m so thankful to be here with so many amazing people. Thank you @Patriots for donating your plane to help us get to D.C.! And always so happy to have @isabelabarry by my side through everything I do✨💗 pic.twitter.com/o8I7EfzQED
— sawyer💫 (@SawyerGarrity) March 22, 2018
The plane, nicknamed the “AirKraft,” is a Boeing wide-body 767 featuring the team’s logo and a depiction of five Lombardi trophies on the tail.
Thousands are expected to participate in the anti-gun rally, which is being organized by groups like Women’s March and Planned Parenthood.
Left-wing celebrities, including George Clooney and Oprah Winfrey, have donated large sums of cash to #MarchforOurLives.