NRA President Said Georgia Rep. Lucy McBath Only Won House Seat Because She’s Black

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
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FILE – In this Jan. 17, 2019 photo, Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. A spat over hours-long lines experienced by some Georgia voters bubbled up in Congress this week. Recent elections in Georgia were criticized during a hearing in Washington Tuesday. McBath said the lines represented underinvestment at best and voter suppression at worst.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Instead of making things a policy issue, National Rifle Association (NRA) president Carolyn Meadows made gun legislation a race issue. Meadows said Georgia Congresswoman Rep. Lucy McBath only won her seat because she is a Black woman, not because of her anti-gun stance, reported Shareblue Media.

“It is wrong to say like McBath said, that the reason she won was because of her anti-gun stance,” Meadows told the Marietta Daily Journal. “That didn’t have anything to do with it — it had to do with being a minority female. And the Democrats really turned out, and that’s the problem we have with conservatives — we don’t turn out as well.”

McBath holds the House seat that was once Newt Gingrich’s. She said she felt compelled to pursue a career in politics after her son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed by a white man for “playing loud music.” In 2017, she famously wrote an op-ed in Newsweek, blasting proponents of Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law for using Davis to make their case.

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Her election is one among many Black women’s victories which helped tip the balance of power back to Democrats in the House. She responded to Meadows on Twitter:

“I was just a Marietta mom. I loved my son Jordan more than anything else in this world. After Jordan was murdered – I realized that nobody was going change our laws for us, so I had to do it myself,” McBath wrote.

After receiving massive backlash for her comments and being accused of racism, Meadows publicly apologized for her “insensitive and inappropriate” comments.

McBath essentially said, apology not accepted. Instead she wants the NRA to take action.

“I don’t want an apology from the NRA. I want their organization to stop putting profits over public safety,” McBath tweeted.


About Isheka N. Harrison

Isheka N. Harrison is an experienced writer, editor, educator, media and communications professional who thoroughly enjoys telling people’s stories. A former editor of the South Florida Times, Isheka has been featured as a speaker for New Florida Majority’s “Black Women in Media” Panel for Women’s History Month, served as a judge for JM Lexus’ 2018 African American Achievers Awards and named one of “South Florida’s 40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow” by Legacy Magazine/Miami Herald. A native of Miami, Isheka's work has appeared in notable local and national media outlets including: ESSENCE Magazine, Upscale Magazine, The Miami Herald, The Miami Times and more. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Relations from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Clark Atlanta University. Isheka is also a member of several para-professional organizations including the Black Professionals Network (BPN), National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) South Florida and ColorComm. To learn more about her story, you can connect with Isheka on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/ishekah or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ishekah. To pitch her any tips or ideas for articles, email her at iharrison@moguldom.com.