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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620973196
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 253,322
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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