Formed in 2016, Guns Down America is actively building a future with fewer guns by financially draining the gun industry and its lobby and building political support for policies that will keep us all safe from gun violence.
Guns Down America believes that for far too long gun manufacturers and the gun lobby have perverted the right of gun ownership into an entitlement devoid of responsibility, creating a society where guns are easier to buy than alcohol and, consequently, putting us all at risk. That’s why GDA focuses on driving strategic advocacy campaigns that aim to weaken the gun industry and pave the way for the political and cultural change we need to build safer communities with fewer guns.
WHY GUNS DOWN AMERICA IS UNIQUE
With the federal government unable and unwilling to enact tougher gun laws, GDA is activating influential voices outside of the legislative arena to help jumpstart the cultural and political change necessary to raise the standard of gun ownership in the United States.
Borrowing a page from the successful marriage equality movement, GDA is driving campaigns that convince corporations and popular American brands to lean into gun reform in order to change our national conversation about firearms. Corporate voices are able to reach the moderate and conservative audiences we need to achieve significant reform, are instrumental in changing the way society views firearms and firearm ownership, and can play a pivotal role in creating the political cover necessary for lawmakers to vote for real change.
Following this theory, Guns Down America has led large coalitions to execute successful campaigns that have forced FedEx to stop providing discounts to NRA members, drove two large insurers (Chubb and Lockton Affinity) to break their business relationship with the NRA’s Carry Guard insurance and helped push the NRA toward bankruptcy, pushed the nation’s largest banks to publicly back away from doing business with the gun industry, and convinced Walmart to significantly reduce their gun sales and begin actively lobbying for gun reform.
Meet the Team
Igor Volsky, Co-Founder and Executive Director
Igor Volsky is co-founder and the Director of Guns Down America. Igor has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, Fox Business, Fox News, and CNBC television, and he has been a guest on many radio shows. His work on gun violence prevention has appeared in USA Today, U.S. News and World Report and the Orlando Sentinel, among others. In 2011, Forbes named Igor one of their top “30 under 30” in Law & Policy. At Guns Down, he sets the overall strategy and leads our outreach efforts.
Zak Kozberg, Chief of Staff
Zak Kozberg is the Chief of Staff at Guns Down America. Ohio born and bred, Zak has worked on several campaigns for progressive candidates and causes, including Senator Sherrod Brown’s 2012 re-election campaign. He has also served as Scheduling Director to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly and as Deputy Director at the Pittsburgh Film Office, working to attract major film and television production to Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Silvina Alarcón, Advocacy and Campaigns Director
Silvina Alarcón is the Advocacy and Campaigns Director at Guns Down America. Originally from La Paz, Bolivia Silvina moved to the DC area in early 2000. She began her career as a community organizer for immigration reform during the DREAM Act 2010. For the past 7 years she has worked building field strategies for political campaigns including Obama 2012 and Hillary 2016. She most recently worked on taking back the house as part of the National Field Team at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Clayton Spinney, Digital Associate
Clayton Spinney is a Digital Associate at Guns Down America. He grew up in Maine, where he started his career producing videos that highlighted the local opioid epidemic and rehabilitation programs for the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office. From there, he transitioned into social media and email marketing and has spent the better part of the last decade creating engaging web content.
Ethan Somers, Youth Coordinator
Ethan Somers is the Youth Coordinator at Guns Down America. He grew up in Evergreen, Colorado and in 2017 began organizing students there in response to extremist group, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners. After arriving in DC, Ethan led the founding of March For Our Lives chapter system in the District and the communications strategy as Communications Director for both MFOL DC and 50 Miles More. In 2019, he was accepted into the Giffords Courage Fellowship program and helped Giffords in the development of Gun Owners for Safety Colorado.
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