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(IL) Quinn endorsed by national gun-control group

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  1. DonP

    DonP Member

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    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."
     
  2. CoRoMo

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    Is it just me, or is the last leg of the Brady Camp the lone issue of preventing straw purchases? It is the only straw they seem to be grasping onto (no pun intended).
     
  3. Kingcreek

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    The Brady Campaign and Paul Helmke have become mostly irrelevant and their endorsement of the democrat Quinn belongs in the "Water is Wet" catagory. That said, every Illinois gun owner should vote the big single issue here. BTW, Brady leads in the polls
    and isn't this thread political?
     
  4. ThePunisher'sArmory

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    Bill Brady has my vote!
     
  5. chaplain tom

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    The main issue in this thread is about supporting our 2A rights. Everytime we discuss 2A anywhere on this forum we are talking politics to some degree. How else are we going to protect 2A if we don't inform people including members here of some candidate's stance on gun control? As long as we keep our discussion limited to the topic of 2A and gun control and don't get into the hundreds of other topics where the major candidates differ IMO we should be allowed to discuss it here. Just my opinion though.
     
  6. Art Eatman

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    Suggestion: Since this is politics and not about laws, it seems better to me if folks from Illinois to change their sig lines to something like "Quinn is endorsed by the Brady Bunch."

    That gets the word out without having a ton of political harumphing in this forum.
     
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