NEW YORK – Today, Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund applauded gun violence prevention advocate Lucy McBath, who won the Democratic primary runoff election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district. McBath will now face off against incumbent U.S. Rep. Karen Handel in the general election on Nov. 6. Everytown earlier endorsed McBath and volunteers with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America campaigned tirelessly to elect her.
McBath’s win was all the more stark because it happened on the same day as Georgia Republicans chose between Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp as their candidate for governor. Kemp once ran a campaign ad featuring himself holding a shotgun while sitting next to a teen boy and Cagle was caught on tape saying the primary election seemed to be, in part, about “who had the biggest gun.”
Everytown worked in partnership with BlackPAC to elevate McBath’s candidacy. Over the course of McBath’s primary and primary runoff elections, Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund spent more than $1.2 million in independent expenditures including television, digital, mail and radio advertisements aimed at Democratic primary voters across the sixth congressional district to support McBath’s candidacy. Volunteers with the Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action worked overtime, canvassing and making calls, to support McBath.
McBath’s son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida, on November 23, 2012, by a man who objected to the music playing in his car. After her son was killed, McBath left her 30-year career with Delta Airlines and dedicated herself to gun violence prevention, becoming a national leader in the fight for gun safety.
STATEMENT FROM JOHN FEINBLATT, PRESIDENT OF EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY:
“Georgia voters who value public safety now face a stark choice: Lucy McBath, who has devoted her life to ending gun violence, or Karen Handel, who previously earned the NRA’s toxic endorsement. Everytown is proud to stand with Lucy, whose heroic fight to fix our nation’s broken gun laws began with the senseless shooting of her son and who will soon be headed to the halls of Congress.”