Regular readers of this blog know that I try to stay as a-political as possible, preferring to pursue my motto (as the sidebar notes) “Light over Heat.” Last week, however, I was unable to ignore a buzz in the gun control movement surrounding the release of Guns Down: How to Defeat the NRA and Build a Safer Future with Fewer Guns by Igor Volsky.

According to the book’s website,

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.

Before August 2018, he worked for the Center for American Progress, especially with its ThinkProgress newsadocacy project.

In conjunction with the release of his book, the Brady Campaign did a Q&A with Volsky on Twitter. I found some of his answers enlightening.

As the response in the screen cap from Twitter highlights, Volsky’s niche in the gun control movement is to adopt a more aggressive, less compromising approach. Rather than tip-toeing around the issue of guns, he makes no bones about the fact that guns are the problem and therefore the fewer the guns, and the harder they are to get, the better.

In conjunction with his “the fewer, the better” view, Volsky takes aim in particular not only at “assault weapons” (of course), but also at something he calls “militarized hand guns” (see screen cap from Twitter above).

Volsky doesn’t say what a “militarized hand gun” is, but a Google search helped me find another reference to the thing on

A gun, particularly assault weapons and lethal militarized handguns, are at least two things: a prosthetic dick and a sign that even unemployed white guys still rule the Western World and sit at the head of the kitchen table.

So long Colt, S&W, and Remington revolvers, 1911s, Beretta 92s and Glocks, and who knows what else. Militarized handgun, like assault weapon, is an elastic concept which can be stretched to encompass all sorts of guns. Which is perhaps the point.

Note: The URL is still available if anyone wants to register it preemptively.


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