Good Night for Gun Control Advocates

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:06 PM EDT

Good Night for Gun Control Advocates
By Susan Jones Senior Editor
November 08, 2006

(Editor's Note: Corrects description in 7th and 8th paragraph.)

( - The nation's leading gun control group called Tuesday "a very good night for all of us who want to do something to reduce gun violence in America."

Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, noted that in key races throughout the nation, "more and more supporters of sensible gun laws" were winning.

The Brady Campaign was particularly pleased that voters in Maryland chose Democrat Ben Cardin for the U.S. Senate and Martin O'Malley for governor, thereby rejecting candidates endorsed by the National Rifle Association.

In Minnesota, Rep. Mark Kennedy, a Republican endorsed by the NRA, lost to Amy Klobuchar, whom the Brady Campaign described as a "moderate" on gun issues.

Gun control advocates winning re-election included Sens. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Herb Kohl of Wisconsin; Govs. Jim Doyle of Wisconsin, Rod Blagojevich of Illinois, Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas and Janet Napolitano of Arizona, all of whom have "stood up to the gun lobby," Helmke said.

And the Brady Campaign expressed delight that voters in New York elected Democrat Elliott Spitzer as governor, while voters in Massachusetts elected Democrat Deval Patrick as governor.

The Violence Policy Center reacted Wednesday to what the NRA said would be be the "biggest election disaster in nearly 15 years."

"The gun lobby's foot soldiers went AWOL in this election," said Violence Policy Center legislative director Kristen Rand said in a statement.

Cybercast News Service Senior Editor Melanie Hunter contributed to this report.

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