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“This is a good day for people who want to reduce gun violence in America,” said Sarah Brady, Chair of the Brady Campaign. “It’s a bad day for extremists who are stuck in the rhetoric of the past.”
“President-Elect Obama has talked repeatedly about his support for sensible gun laws and the need to keep dangerous guns out of the hands of dangerous people. He even highlighted his support for restrictions on assault weapons in his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver,” Helmke said. “Obama’s message on guns, recognizing that the Second Amendment gives people the right to own guns subject to reasonable restrictions, is consistent with what we’ve been saying since the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Second Amendment last June.”
“We know many elected officials still consider anything dealing with guns to be controversial, but yesterday’s elections should encourage them to start moving forward,” Helmke said.