Lucy McBath talks combating gun violence, expanding voter rights

U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Georgia, responded to a recent apology made by the new president of the National Rifle Association. NRA President Carolyn Meadows had said McBath won her 6th Congressional District seat because she’s a “minority female.”

Courtesy of Rep. Lucy McBath

U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath, a Democrat representing Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, spoke out against Georgia lawmakers pushing to loosen gun laws less than one year after eight people were killed in the Atlanta-area spa shootings.

“We just cannot continue to let those who know nothing of gun safety put the lives of our children on the line,” said McBath on Thursday’s edition of “Closer Look.” “These irresponsible laws are dangerous for law enforcement … dangerous for our families and they have no place in our state — we’ve got to do better in Georgia.”

During the conversation, McBath mentioned her son Jordan Davis, who was shot and killed in 2012, and talked about the importance of passing legislation that focuses on combating the current extremist gun culture.

McBath further discussed voting rights and her decision to run to represent Georgia’s 7th Congressional District.

To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.