NRA president says pro-gun-control congresswoman only won because she’s a ‘minority female’

NRA president says pro-gun-control congresswoman only won because she’s a ‘minority female’

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Rep.-elect Lucy McBath (D-Ga.) celebrates after she picks a numbered chip from a box during the new House members’ office lottery for the 116th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 30, 2018. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post) A week after she was elected president of the National Rifle Association, after a bitter and public power struggle over the organization’s leadership, Carolyn Meadows apologized for saying one of the leading proponents for gun control in Congress only won her election because she’s a “minority female.” In a statement to The Washington Post, Meadows apologized to Rep. Lucia “Lucy” McBath (D-Ga.) for her comments, which, she said, were “insensitive and inappropriate.” Meadows drew sharp criticism after she told her hometown newspaper that McBath’s stance on gun reform was not the reason for her improbable electoral victory in 2018. “That didn’t have anything to do with it,” Meadows said in an interview with the Marietta Daily Journal . “It had to do with being a minority female.” Before she was elected to Congress, McBath, who is black, was known as one of the “Mothers of the Movement” for gun control, advocating for stricter laws that she hoped would stop the sort of shootings that killed her son in 2012. On the campaign trail, McBath said her top priority in Washington would be pushing legislation to require background checks for all firearms purchases. And, when she won, her victory was hailed as a milestone for gun reform. On Monday, McBath responded to […]

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