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

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

Twenty years after Columbine, a leading gun control activist offers a radical argument for the gun control movement our country desperately needs

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,
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by The New Press
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Charles Rubinoff
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, straight-forward read on one path to reducing guns, and thus gun-violence, in America. I don't sense Volsky has any sort of ulterior motive—he, like so many other reasonable Americans, is just sickened by the mass shooting and gun violence epidemic in this country. Rather than tackling a little bit at a time, this is a bold plan. I like that. Yes, practicality and compromise will come in, but at least then you get some real change rather than compromising on something small to begin with. ...more
Liz Lemon
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I appreciate the consolidation of statistics into a well written history lesson of how the United States got into the current tragic culture of over-whelming gun violence per capita. Igor explains how US gun violence compares to other countries, how Australia over came what was considered to be a similar gun loving trend and how we might unite to create a society with fewer guns.
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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"We have more guns in the United States than people. Americans make up 5 percent of the world's people, but we own nearly have the civilian owned guns in the world. More Americans have died in the last fifty years than in all the wars in American history. We are 56 percent more likely to die from a gunshot than from a traffic accident and 128 times more likely to die in a domestic gun assault than in an international terrorist incident."

"The gun lobby has no interest in protecting our constituti
Roger Smitter
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Volsky launches the book with a description of the people who are totally engaged in preventing any laws that would limit the ownership of guns. It makes it clear that he isn’t attacking gun enthusiasts. His concern is those who link gun ownership with their identity and purse for living. He gives us a reason and a way to handle the growing number of people who are getting (and often hiding) guns on the premise that everyone should have access to guns.

The label on each chapter clearly and simpl
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very well written book. Most books about gun violence focus mostly on facts. Which of themselves are scary and you would think would warrant enough for change. For example, Igor quotes from the Brady Center “states with higher levels of gun ownership have gun murder rates up to 114 percent higher than states with low levels of gun ownership.” The problem with listing out a bullet point list of facts though is that many people will do one of three things. First they will claim that the number i ...more
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought I would like this book instantly. It's clearly written. It has lots of statistics. It's proposed compact is just what I think our country needs. Fewer guns. A rrational and measurable way to reduce them and to help make sure those that remain in the hands of the citizenry are hands which are well trained to operate said weapons.

Do I think this book would come close at convincing individuals who have a belief or desire to keep their weapons? Heck no. But since I'm of the belief that BA
Melissa Laidman
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you’re feeling confused, or overwhelmed by all the arguments in the gun debate, read this book. If you are mad and want a plan for change in America, read this book. I felt both angry and relieved at reading this book. The NRA is so scary, but the majority of US citizens do not want what the NRA wants. I loved that the last chapter was called “We Will Win.” Also, don’t miss the Appendix: How to Talk To Gun People and Win.
Michael Quigg
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is great. I wish there were more consistency in citations when providing data or making certain claims, but its a needed statement against huge pro-gun lobbies and makes a coherent and attainable list of arguments as to why anti-gun activism needs to step up its game.
Jayne Winterkorn
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Igor Volsky must have the NRA shaking in their boots. In this call-out of the gun industry he outlines a strict but obvious approach to gun reform, and the lofty but necessary plan to eliminate gun violence for good. It's a quick read, but jam packed with information. A+ 10/10 heart emoji ...more
Michelle Olms
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book
Mousa Musallam
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was really well researched and it definitely makes the case for gun control. Also talks about the NRA and you can be a gun fanatic and support gun control
Jared Hocking
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great inclusion of facts that make gun advocacy incomprehensible. A little bit short on how to accomplish the strategies outlined. Guns are lunacy.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend it!
It should be required reading for all elected official ranging from local to federal.
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on how to have safer communities through fewer guns but not a totally banning of them.
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Igor makes some great points as to why we need less guns in America. As a gun owner, I expected this book to just anger me but I was surprised at how valid a lot of his reasonings are.
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