Lucy McBath turned her pain into political power and was elected to Congress.
McBath has been fighting for national gun reform and racial justice after her son Jordan Davis was shot and killed in 2012.
“Overnight I went from a suburban mom to activist, seeking justice for Jordan,” she stated in a speech. “And since then, I have dedicated my life to keeping our communities safer and stronger.”
McBath calls herself a “Mother of the Movement,” she said she’ll strengthen legislation to protect women and minorities.
“This win is just the beginning,” she stated, “We’ve sent a strong message to the entire country. Absolutely nothing—no politician and no special interest — is more powerful than a mother on a mission.”
McBath defeated Republican incumbent Karen Handel by nearly 3,000 votes. She was a national spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. In Congress, she plans to push for stronger background checks for gun purchases, raising the minimum purchasing age, and restrictions for domestic abusers and other criminals.
There have been more than 300 mass shootings in 2018. McBath’s focus on gun reform could be influential in Georgia’s 6th district, a region with some of the highest rates of gun ownership in the nation.