Mother of Murdered Black Teen Wins Runoff for Georgia Congressional Seat

Lucy McBath will vie for Georgia's 6th Congressional Seat in November.

Lucy McBath will vie for Georgia’s 6th Congressional Seat in November.

By MCNS Staff

Lucy McBath won a runoff election on Tuesday against an Atlanta tech businessman Kevin Abel for the Democratic nomination in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. Mrs. McBath is a gun control activist and the mother of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was murdered in Jacksonville, Florida in 2012. He was shot by Michael Dunn, a white man who was angry because he and his friends would not turn their music down.

Dunn attempted to claim that he killed the teen in self-defense because he felt “threatened” by the boys arguing back at him. Nonetheless, he was convicted of first-degree murder.

“I didn’t understand how there were these kinds of tragedies happening all over the country,” Lucy McBath said in an interview with CNN. “And why aren’t our legislators talking about it?”

“It’s just not enough to have the marches and the rallies and the speeches and the remarks, unless we have people who are willing to create the bills to make this a safer nation.”

After her son’s murder, she retired as a Delta Airlines flight attendant and became a national spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety. She has previously testified before Congress and was an outspoken member of Mothers of the Movement who spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

McBath will now challenge the Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Karen Handel for the 6th Congressional District which encompasses portions of Fulton, Dekalb, and Cobb counties.

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