Gun-control forces claim midterm success
Gun control advocates are claiming victory in the midterm elections, saying the issue helped tip the balance in races across the country.
“The big story of the night was that gun safety won,” said Brynne Craig, the political director for Everytown for Gun Safety, the group co-founded by New York City ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The group put $30 million into efforts to elect pro-gun control members of Congress, governors, attorneys general, and state legislators, including $8 million for top congressional races like Virginia’s 10th District, where Democrat Jennifer Wexton defeated Rep. Barbara Comstock.
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said that for the first time ever, candidates aggressively ran on “gun safety” platforms and won.
Democrat Dean Phillips, who defeated GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen in a closely watched contest in Minnesota, thanked the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence for supporting his candidacy.
“All throughout this campaign, we’ve heard from voters that they want someone who will stand up … against the gun lobby who want to keep the status quo,” Mr. Phillips said.