“A people cannot long retain their freedom, whose government is incapable of protecting them.”
– Oliver Ellsworth, Third Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court
At CSGV, we work every day to combat the National Rifle Association (NRA), Donald Trump, and their shared dangerous philosophy.
CSGV has been a thought leader on insurrectionism — violent revolt against one’s government — for years. In 2009, Executive Director Josh Horwitz co-authored Guns, Democracy, and the Insurrectionist Idea, an analysis of how the gun lobby’s insurrectionist ideology threatens democratic institutions and individual liberty. CSGV’s insurrectionism timeline tracks insurrectionist statements dating back to the 2008 D.C. v. Heller Supreme Court ruling.
In 2016, CSGV became the first national organization in the country to recognize the disturbing connection between high ranking officials at the NRA and members of the Russian Federation. We spent years highlighting these connections before they became public knowledge and the subject of federal investigations.
As a leader in this field, CSGV stands up to the insurrectionist ideals of the NRA and Donald Trump through aggressive social media campaigns, earned media, policy development, and advocacy.
CSGV is leading the charge against the NRA and Donald Trump’s dangerous, twisted interpretation of the Second Amendment. It is a tall order, but our small staff is up to the task. Together, we can reject extremists who promote violence and create a safer country for generations to come.
Fact Sheet: U.S. Gun Deaths: 2018
Webpage: Insurrectionism Timeline
Webpage: Meet the NRA
U.S Senate Finance Committee (Minority Staff) Report: The NRA & Russia: How a Tax Exempt Organization Became a Foreign Asset
Testimony: Josh Horwitz to Senate Judiciary Committee on Linkage Between Assault Weapons and Insurrectionism—February 27, 2013
Testimony: Josh Horwitz to Senate Judiciary Committee on Insurrectionism—February 12, 2013
Blog: The NRA Proudly Presents *Insert Latest Trump Catastrophe*