Guns Down: How to Defeat the NRA and Build a Safer Future with Fewer Guns

Guns Down: How to Defeat the NRA and Build a Safer Future with Fewer Guns

by Igor Volsky


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One of Mashable's “17 books every activist should read in 2019”

Join the conversation about creating a future with fewer guns and finally make a difference – this “smart, thoughtful, commonsense plan” (Donna Brazile) shows you how

Ninety-six people die from guns in America every single day. Twelve thousand Americans are murdered each year. The United States has more mass shootings, gun suicides, and nonfatal gun injuries than any other industrialized country in the world. Gun-safety advocates have tried to solve these problems with incremental changes such as background checks and banning assault style military weapons. They have fallen short. In order to significantly and permanently reduce gun deaths the United States needs a bold new approach: a drastic reduction of the 390 million guns already in circulation and a new movement dedicated to a future with fewer guns.

In Guns Down, Igor Volsky tells the story of how he took on the NRA just by using his Twitter account, describes how he found common ground with gun enthusiasts after spending two days shooting guns in the desert, and lays out a blueprint for how citizens can push their governments to reduce the number of guns in circulation and make firearms significantly harder to get. An aggressive licensing and registration initiative, federal and state buybacks of millions of guns, and tighter regulation of the gun industry, the gun lobby, and gun sellers will build safer communities for all. Volsky outlines a New Second Amendment Compact developed with policy experts from across the political spectrum, including bold reforms that have succeeded in reducing gun violence worldwide, and offers a road map for achieving transformative change to increase safety in our communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620973196
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 201,612
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Igor Volsky is the co-founder and executive director of Guns Down America, an organization dedicated to building a future with fewer guns. He made headlines in 2015 for shaming lawmakers who took money from the NRA and sent “thoughts and prayers” after mass shootings. A lively interlocutor, he has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, CNBC television, and many radio shows. He lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Preface: Shooting Guns in the Desert Can Surprise You vii

Introduction: Why You Should Give Up Your Guns 1

It's Far Too Easy to Buy a Gun 7

Guns Kill Young People 11

Guns Kill People of Color 16

Guns Kill Women and Children 21

We Are Killing Ourselves with Guns 25

How I Became a Fewer-Guns Activist 28

The Founding Fathers Wanted a Country with Fewer Guns 38

The NRA: Birth of a Lobby 45

How the NRA Weaponized the Second Amendment 55

Why the NRA Is Successful 60

How the NRA Channels Hatred into Political Success 68

We Know How to Reduce Gun Violence 75

The New Second Amendment Compact 82

We Must Not Overcriminalize Gun Owners 87

End Gun Manufacturer Immunity 90

Increase Oversight and Regulation of Gun Manufacturers 93

Regulate All Gun Dealers 97

Reduce the Number of Guns in the United States 100

A License to Kill 105

Insure Your Piece 111

End Armed Intimidation 114

Unleash the Power of Science to Save Lives 116

Reducing Gun Violence in Chicago 119

How to Eliminate Mass Shootings 124

The Solutions in the Compact Have Worked in the Rest of the World 134

Gun Owners Support a World with Fewer Guns 141

How You Can Build a Future with Fewer Guns 146

Learning from the Fight for Marriage Equality 151

A Strategy for Building a World with Fewer Guns 158

We Will Win 164

Acknowledgments 169

Appendix: How to Talk to Gun People and Win 173

Notes 183

Index 197

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