Georgia Democratic Congresswoman Lucy McBath says she is not taking the comments of the National Rifle Association’s new president personally.
In a recent interview with the Marietta Daily Journal, NRA President Carolyn Meadows said McBath won the 6th Congressional District seat in last year’s election because of her race and gender.
“There will be more than one person in the race, but we’ll get that seat back,” Meadows said at the time. “But it 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. And the Democrats really turned out, and that’s the problem we have with conservatives — we don’t turn out as well.”
McBath responded in a series of tweets, saying she stood up and did something about gun violence, after her son Jordan Davis was killed in 2012.
On Monday, Meadows later apologized.
“I apologize to Rep. McBath and her supporters,” she said, according to The Washington Post. “My comments were insensitive and inappropriate. I did not intend to discredit the congresswoman or the merits of her campaign — only to reflect my view that the Second Amendment was not a prevailing factor in this election.”
“It’s not a matter of me having to accept her apology,” McBath responded Tuesday, speaking to WABE. “I’m not making this personal. But, what I will say is that I will gladly be accepting of an apology from the NRA by simply them stop putting profit over the public health and safety of the American people. One day, I would love to have that as an apology.”
WABE was unable to reach the NRA for comment by deadline.
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