NRA’s New Leader Says African-American Lawmaker Won Race Because She’s Black

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NRA President Carolyn Meadows argued that Rep. Lucy McBath's strong gun control platform is irrelevant.

The new president of the National Rifle Association, Carolyn Meadows, claimed that Democratic Georgia representative Lucy McBath only succeeded during the 2018 midterm election because of her status as a “minority female,” not because of her strong gun control platform, non-profit media watchdog Media Matters reports.

The NRA elected Meadows as president on April 29 following weeks of turmoil within the NRA’s administration. She made the comments in regards to McBath beating Republican and then-incumbent Karen Handel, who intends to reclaim the seat.

“There will be more than one person in the race, but we'll get that seat back,” Meadows said. “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’s son was murdered by a man who tried to use the “Stand Your Ground” law, authored by the NRA, as a justification during his trial. She ran for a seat in the House on a strong platform advocating for gun law reform.

Meadows has promised that her organization will support anyone who runs against McBath in the next election.

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