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.