Politico, April 7, 2021
Biden to unveil long-awaited executive action on guns
Igor Volsky, executive director of the advocacy group Guns Down America, said he hoped Biden would unveil a comprehensive plan that includes regulations, executive actions, funding and a strategy to get legislation through Congress. “The president didn’t just run on executive actions when it comes to gun violence,” Volsky said. “He promised to put forward a robust comprehensive plan for reducing gun violence. Given the violence he inherited, we expect him to live up at the promise.”
Chicago Sun-Times, May 5, 2020
Op-Ed: Coronavirus pandemic meets America’s gun crisis
In fact, while public mass shootings may have fallen in the months of COVID-19, everyday gun violence, violence that results from domestic abuse, suicides, and unintentional shootings may be increasing. Data analyzed by Guns Down America from the Gun Violence Archive shows that nationally, fatalities from gun violence increased 14 percent in the first two weeks of April this year compared to the same period last year. Firearm fatalities rose by over 10 percent when compared to the first half of April 2018.
The Hollywood Reporter, September 24, 2019
Aurora Shooting Victims Voice Fears Over ‘Joker’ in Letter to Warner Bros.
Sandy Phillips (no relation to the film’s director), who with her husband, Lonnie, created the nonprofit group Survivors Empowered, worked with Igor Volsky of the gun control advocacy group Guns Down America to craft the letter to Warner Bros., which was signed by five family members of victims and sent Tuesday morning.
The Hill, August 7, 2019
Progressive activist: How Walmart can fight gun violence
Guns Down America Executive Director Igor Volsky shares the hopes for gun control legislation in the wake of the latest mass shootings. (Video)
Reuters, August 5, 2019
Walmart faces pressure to stop gun sales after latest U.S. mass shootings
Guns Down America, an advocacy group that runs campaigns for gun control, began a petition to urge more change at Walmart late on Monday. The petition calls on Walmart to stop selling firearms, pledge it will no longer make contributions to lawmakers who take money from gun rights lobby the National Rifle Association, and fund gun buybacks. It also pushes Walmart to use its political influence to advocate for legislative changes to raise the standards for gun ownership in America. “Federal legislative change will take time, but more and more Americans are dying every day,” Igor Volsky, founder and executive director of Guns Down America, told Reuters. “The El Paso shooting happened in their store, they have a responsibility to go further.”
The Washington Post, August 5, 2019
Walmart says it will keep selling guns, even as advocacy groups and workers voice concerns
“Walmart has a history of moving in the right direction, but what happened in El Paso shows they need to go further,” executive director Igor Volsky said. “Walmart has such a big footprint that it could make a big difference if it wants to.”
New York Times, August 4, 2019
How Gun Control Groups Are Catching Up to the N.R.A.
“They must do everything in their power, everything in their capacity as a senator, from holding a filibuster, to placing a hold on nominees and key bills, to getting back to D.C. right now to show the nation that they are willing to act,” said Igor Volsky, the executive director of Guns Down America. “It’s not enough to simply ask Mitch McConnell to bring something to a vote. They have to use their leverage as a United States senator to shame him into taking action.”
Reuters, May 6, 2019
Gun control takes center stage in 2020 Democratic presidential race
“Today is more proof that the center has shifted on gun control,” Igor Volsky, founder of Guns Down America Action Fund, said in a statement. “Senator Booker has clearly listened to and heard from the majority of Americans that are crying out for a future with fewer guns. Fewer guns means safer communities.”
New York Times, May 3, 2019
Gun Issues, Long at the Fringe, Now Loom Large for Democratic Candidates
“Folks are ready for bolder solutions and frankly are fed up with this incremental strategy that the movement has adopted over the last 20 years,” said Igor Volsky, the executive director of Guns Down America, which aims to reduce the number of guns in the country. “After 2016 there was a recognition that, hey listen, you’ve got to ask for what you want otherwise you’re not going to make any sort of progress at all.”
Time, April 19, 2019
What Gun Control Advocates Should Learn from the NRA
Igor Volsky may not agree with what the NRA stands for, but he does believe that gun control advocates can learn a lot from the organization’s tactics. Volsky, author of Guns Down: How to Defeat the NRA and Build a Safer Future with Fewer Guns, argues that the NRA, beyond its funding and lobbying efforts, largely owes its success to its ability to turn gun ownership into a form of patriotism. He suggests that those who disagree with the NRA should not just rebel against this strategy, but use it. “All too often, we use wonky language or stats to explain why we support this law or that,” he says.
SFGate, April 5, 2019
Gun control group's report card on banks' firearms ties has several F's
Now, one advocacy group is focusing on a different pressure point: the consumer banks that provide loans and other financial support to the gun industry. The group, Guns Down America, which formed in 2016 after a mass shooting in Orlando, has created a ranking system that gives 15 banks letter grades based primarily on their ties to firearms makers and trade groups like the National Rifle Association.
Bloomberg, April 4, 2019
BB&T, Wells Fargo Get Failing Grades From Gun-Control Group
BB&T Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. are among the biggest financiers to the firearms industry and should sever ties with gunmakers and trade groups, according to advocacy organization Guns Down America. The banks, which provided a combined $471 million to the gun industry, received the lowest scores and failing grades, according to a report card released Thursday. JPMorgan Chase & Co. also received an F, for providing $273 million in financing and failing to ban gun-company investments, while Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Bank of America Corp. received C grades. Citigroup Inc. got a B, the highest grade among the banks scored.
Memphis Business Journal, October 30, 2018
FedEx ends discount pricing for NRA and 100-plus other organizations
[G]roups such as Guns Down for America celebrated this news as a victory after the Memphis-based shipping and logistics provider was one of several companies called out earlier in the year for offering incentives and/or discounts to the NRA. The criticism came in the days following the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida.
AP News, October 19, 2018
‘Murder insurance’ or protection in self-defense cases?
Guns Down, a gun-control group formed last year, is running an ad campaign to criticize the NRA’s new insurance. It’s just the latest group to take aim at the NRA’s offering. “The reason I call it murder insurance is because if you look at the way this is marketed, it’s really sold in the context of ‘There’s a threat around every corner, dear mostly-white NRA member,’ and that threat is either a black man or a brown man or some other kind of person of color,” said Guns Down director Igor Volsky.
USA Today, October 19, 2018
Campaign to 'protect voters' asks for help in keeping guns out of polling places
Gun-control groups are launching a “voter protection campaign” to keep guns out of the polling booths this Election Day. The social media campaign is encouraging voters who see people with firearms to text “Guns down” to 91990. Reports will be sent to nonpartisan election protection experts, who may contact authorities or send a lawyer to the polling place. The groups are concerned about gun owners bringing their firearms to rallies and political events since the election of President Donald Trump, said Igor Volsky, Guns Down America director.
The Guardian, October 5, 2017
Guns are the problem': activists get tough on gun control after Vegas
“I think the public is far ahead on this issue, when it comes to bolder policy initiatives, than the politicians are,” said Igor Volsky, a founder of Guns Down, a nascent group that is trying to stake out a bolder position. “What I want to hear from them is that we need fewer guns.”