The National Rifle Association's new president, Carolyn Meadows, is already off to a rocky start after comments about freshman Congresswoman Lucy McBath (D-GA).
Meadows said in an interview with the Marietta Daily Journal that McBath, who lost her son Jordan to gun violence in 2012, won because she is a black female:
“[I]t is wrong to say like McBath said, that the reason she won was because of her anti-gun stance. That didn’t have anything to do with it — it had to do with being a minority female.”
In reality, it would seem that the odds were against McBath during the 2018 midterms. McBath, who ran on a platform of common sense gun reform, unseated a Republican congresswoman in a majority-white district that voted for Trump in 2016.
It wasn't long before McBath responded, elaborating on why she won and calling for others to join the cause.
(1/x) Hi NRA! It's time we clear something up. I won this race because - after my son was senselessly murdered in… https://t.co/fq1x6re6r0— Lucy McBath (@Lucy McBath)1557169762.0
I was just a Marietta mom. I loved my son Jordan more than anything else in this world. After Jordan was murdered… https://t.co/Wfp1Vb75CS— Lucy McBath (@Lucy McBath)1557169762.0
After Jordan was ripped away from me, I did not stop being his mom. Every single thing that I do is out of the lo… https://t.co/gU1u3wMPTR— Lucy McBath (@Lucy McBath)1557169762.0
I have faced attack after attack from the far right - but that hasn't stopped my work for families of #GA06. The… https://t.co/yoX9yitFKX— Lucy McBath (@Lucy McBath)1557169763.0
My work on gun violence, healthcare, and many other issues is just starting. And yes - as a woman of color I am p… https://t.co/dlVQP674a6— Lucy McBath (@Lucy McBath)1557169763.0
Please - help support me in our fight for gun safety. We can win this battle, but we have to stand united. The NR… https://t.co/hUmDwTlQmJ— Lucy McBath (@Lucy McBath)1557169763.0
McBath's response to Meadows's comments were widely praised.
@lucymcbath And FYI, @nra - GA06 is only 13% African-American. Lucy won by being an excellent candidate with many hard-working volunteers.— TrafficMac (@TrafficMac)1557170079.0
@lucymcbath You. Are. Everything. That. Makes. Us. Good. Thank you.— Lorraine. (@Lorraine.)1557173796.0
@lucymcbath Your story breaks my heart and inspires me! So many of us have your back! Please, please keep fighting!— HEIDI (@HEIDI)1557171054.0
Many vowed to heed her calls to action.
@lucymcbath I live in FL, but just donated $10 to your campaign. ❤️— Nancy ☀️🌴🌊 (@Nancy ☀️🌴🌊)1557169973.0
@lucymcbath New Yorker/former Georgian here; just donated to your campaign. I believe in you.— Mary In The East (@Mary In The East)1557171762.0
@lucymcbath @swingleft Good job, @NRA because I just donated to Lucy again. I’m a responsible gun owner, btw.— lisatsunami (@lisatsunami)1557174536.0
@lucymcbath Ready to knock doors for you once again!!— GA6thPolitics (@GA6thPolitics)1557170738.0
Meadows has yet to apologize.