Gun-con­trol forces claim midterm suc­cess

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — David Sherfinski

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.

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