In 6th District, Gun Control Activist McBath Opposing NRA-backed Handel

In 6th District, Gun Control Activist McBath Opposing NRA-backed Handel

Lucy McBath, left, and her husband Ron Davis participate in a gun control rally as part of the "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence," a 25-state national bus tour, at the Georgia Capitol, Monday, June 24, 2013, in Atlanta. A Democratic gun control activist whose son was shot to death is trying to unseat a Georgia Republican congresswoman backed by the National Rifle Association. Lucy McBath will challenge Rep. Karen Handel this fall after winning a runoff election in the 6th District of metro Atlanta. McBath defeated fellow Democrat Kevin Abel on Tuesday. While McBath supports gun control, the NRA has supported Handel, citing her pro-Second Amendment stance. Democrats hope to upset Handel in the Republican-leaning district after her close race with Democrat Jon Ossoff last year. Lucy McBath will challenge Karen Handel this fall after winning a runoff election in Georgia’s 6th District. (John Bazemore/Associated Press) In 2012, McBath’s son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida, by a white man angry that the 17-year-old African-American youth and his friends were playing music too loudly in their car. Michael Dunn used the “stand-your-ground” law in his defense, and was initially found not guilty of murdering Davis, but was convicted in a retrial and is serving a life sentence. The case made national headlines as part of the then-emerging Black Lives Matter movement. McBath endorsed Hillary Clinton as part of the sisterhood of black women whose sons were shot to […]

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