Well, that makes it easy to decide who to vote for in November. I'm sure that will swing his mother's vote. That's one. Gov. Pat Quinn got the endorsement of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a national group that happens to share the name of Quinn's Republican challenger but has very different views when it comes to gun control. Paul Helmke, president of the gun control group, said Quinn has worked to restrict the flow of guns into the state while his opponent, Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington, "has taken the attitude that more guns in more places is somehow going to make us safer." A spokeswoman for Sen. Brady dismissed the idea that his stances were extreme, saying they are in line with someone who is a sportsman and who supports the constitutional rights to own guns. Helmke and others gathered at the endorsement announcement echoed themes the Quinn campaign has highlighted for weeks, dubbing Brady too "extreme" when it comes to gun control issues. Helmke and others noted that Brady does not support a ban on assault weapons and voted against a measure that would make so-called "straw purchases" a crime. Those purchases involve someone buying a gun and then giving it to someone who does not qualify to own one under state law. The gun control group is named after Jim Brady, who was press secretary for President Ronald Reagan when he was shot and wounded during an assassination attempt in 1981. Quinn was also joined by U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush and family members of those who have died in gun violence. "We have in our state a need for a governor with fortitude, not someone who is going to be patting on the back those who have straw purchases at gun shows, patting on the back those who would sell assault weapons to the wrong people," Quinn said. "We've got to say no to that and we've got to say yes to life."