Gun Reform Advocate Lucy McBath Heads To Runoff For Georgia House Seat

Gun Reform Advocate Lucy McBath Heads To Runoff For Georgia House Seat

The top contenders in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District primary on Tuesday hope to unseat incumbent Republican Karen Handel in November’s general election. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, McBath amassed an unofficial tally of about 14,700 votes (about 36 percent of the total number) in Tuesday’s primary race, according to The New York Times. Abel had 12,400 votes (30.5 percent). McBath, a national spokeswoman for gun control group Moms Demand Action, was spurred into activism by the death of her son, Jordan Davis, a black 17-year-old who was shot dead in 2012 at a gas station in Florida by a white man complaining about loud music. In her first run for public office, McBath was initially planning to run for a state house seat , but she pivoted to a run for Congress after the February school shooting in Parkland , Florida, which killed 17 people ― most of them teens. “I knew that I could no longer sit on the sidelines,” McBath wrote on her campaign site, “while the politicians in the pocket of the gun manufacturing lobby decide the future of our gun laws.” If elected to Congress, McBath intends to push for “common sense gun violence prevention laws,” including background checks, raising the age for firearm purchases to 21 years old and fighting against “conceal carry” measures. McBath is not new to politics. As a child, she attended civil rights marches with her father, who was president of the Illinois chapter of the NAACP for over […]

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