Mother of innocent gunned down teen lights up race to unseat 4-term Georgia Republican


One of the "Mothers of the Movement" is now running for office.

In November 2012, 17-year-old Jordan Davis was sitting with three friends in a car parked at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida, when a man opened fire on the car, killing him.

The reason? He objected to the rap music the four teenagers were playing.

For Lucy McBath, Davis’ mother, the life imprisonment of her son’s killer did not give her the closure she needed, for Davis’ death was not an isolated incident. According to UNICEF, black teenage boys in America are 19 times more likely to be murdered than white teenage boys — mostly by gun violence.

So now McBath is aiming for a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives. She is challenging Rep. Sam Teasley, a four-term GOP incumbent with a 93 percent rating from the NRA. The district, Georgia’s 37th, tilts conservative, but Teasley’s last victory margin was smaller than that of several other red seats which Democrats have managed to flip recently.

No doubt, McBath hopes to follow in the footsteps of Chris Hurst, the reporter whose girlfriend was fatally shot on live TV, who went on to win election to the Virginia House of Delegates last November.

As one of the “Mothers of the Movement” and the spiritual outreach leader for Moms Demand Action, McBath has been on the front lines of lobbying and education for sensible gun laws.

As the Huffington Post notes, “McBath’s activism has spearheaded much-needed gun reform.” In Florida, McBath and her fellow volunteers from Moms Demand Action defeated a number of bills that would have permitted guns on school campuses and airports.

Moreover, her foundation, Champion In The Making Legacy ? which McBath says was the creative brain-child of her son ? provides “charitable and educational assistance to graduating high school students attending traditional as well as technical and training colleges and universities” and encourages young people to positively change their respective communities.

McBath’s turn to activism and politics in light of the terrible injustice committed against her son should be an inspiration to us all. She will not be satisfied until the streets of America were safe for all children — and neither should we.