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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.


Praise for Guns Down:
Shortlisted for the 2019 Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice
One of Mashable's 17 books every activist should read in 2019

A short, direct, crystal-clear, and urgent call to action certain to get a blast from the NRA.
--Kirkus Reviews

Anyone who wants to help build safe American communities must read this book.
--Alyssa Milano, actress and producer

Finally a voice--not of mere reason or common sense--but a basic, radical embrace of the fact that we DO need to take away guns. And we need to shape a new ideology, not placate or follow or change by piecemeal the gun lobby's broken litany of the past. We need more voices, like Igor Volsky's, who dare to voice the truth: we have too many guns.
--Alan Cumming, actor and humanitarian

Igor Volsky sets out a long-term vision for the gun violence prevention movement--a country with fewer guns. That's a goal that all political candidates--especially progressives--should take seriously, especially as the clout and political power of the NRA continues to shrink.
--John Podesta, White House Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton

This book is the wake-up call America needs. Guns Down is an unapologetic, bold, evidence-based call for radical change. Appeasements and baby steps will not end the gun violence epidemic that has gripped our country. The plan, in this book, will.
--Debra Messing, actor

There is a national consensus, growing stronger daily, that our Declaration's 'inalienable right to life' supersedes the criminal use of firearms for violence. American author Igor Volsky presents a smart, thoughtful, commonsense plan to reduce gun violence by the simple expedient of reducing guns available for criminals. We are on the verge of stopping our worship of guns as idols, of valuing them even above human life--the very first human right.
--Donna Brazile, political strategist and author of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics

We can make our communities safer, save lives, and respect the Second Amendment. This book is about public safety.
--Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Second District of Illinois

America has reached a crossroads in the gun safety movement, and Igor Volsky is fighting on the front lines. The groundbreaking strategies he proposes in Guns Down--from exposing the NRA's perversion of our Constitution to setting out a new Second Amendment pact--combine a deep understanding of our history with a series of innovative progressive reforms. This brilliant book will let us transform our public outrage into powerful political change, and no one is better turning information into action than Volsky.
--Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress

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