Still lagging in the polls, Democratic Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has picked up an endorsement from a radical gun control organization.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (BCPGV) is lending its support in recognition of Quinn’s tougher stance on the issue than that of his Republican opponent, State Senator Bill Brady, according to The Associated Press (AP).
“[The Republican candidate] is someone who is taking the attitude that more guns in more places is somehow going to make us safer. That makes no sense at all," said Paul Helmke, president of the Washington, D.C.-based organization, quoted by the news provider.
In response to the announcement, the Illinois State Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (ISRA-PVF) released a statement listing six ways in which Quinn wants to restrict access to guns, including his support for complex regulations that would make it difficult for legitimate firearm retailers to stay in business.
“Pat Quinn’s acceptance of the BCPGV’s endorsement demonstrates that he cannot resist latching on to the radical fringe whenever it comes his way,” said ISRA-PVF spokesman Richard Pearson.
He added that in view of the recent Supreme Court decisions in the Heller and McDonald cases, it is clear that the incumbent’s opinions are “out of touch with the intent of our constitution.”