House Judiciary Committee set to advance firearms emergency measures
As the debate continued in the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.), who lost her teenage son a decade ago to gun violence, made an impassioned appeal to legislators to act.
“How do we agree with this as a nation? Is this the status quo we all accept? McBath said, referring to a shooting at a Tulsa hospital on Wednesday in which a man killed at least four people before turning a gun on himself.
“We can’t keep doing this,” McBath said. “An entire generation of children are learning that the adults they look up to can’t or won’t protect them.”
McBath’s 17-year-old son Jordan Davis was killed in 2012 after being confronted by Michael Dunn, a white man, for playing loud music in his car parked at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida. After her son’s murder, McBath became a fierce gun control activist. She quit her job as a flight attendant and became a spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action. In 2018, after the mass shooting that killed 17 students and employees at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, McBath ran for Congress.
During her remarks on Thursday, McBath said she “dreamt” of who her son would become.
“I dreamed of seeing him walk across the stage for his high school graduation, filled with excitement for college, hope for his future, and dreams for the world that only a teenager can have,” he said. she stated.