The mother of Jordan Davis, Lucia McBath, has joined with Mothers Demand Action for Gun Sense in calling for the National Rifle Association to end "egregious" gun laws.
McBath is in Indianapolis with the organization this week for the NRA's annual meeting. They are taking the fight to reform gun policies that have led to the death of her son and others to state houses nationally after feeling sidelined by the politics of Washington, D.C.
In February, Davis's killer, Michael Dunn, was convicted of three counts of attempted second-degree murder. The first-degree murder count was declared a mistrial after a jury could not reach a decision on it. Dunn is expected to face a retrial this year.
Lucia McBath writes:
With the recent launch of Everytown for Gun Safety, the dual forces of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns have now become the most organized grassroots movement in this country that is working to end gun violence.
We will continue to engage Americans and build a tidal wave of momentum among our communities that is animated by the simple idea that keeping our kids and families safe is more important than protecting the interests of gun manufacturers and their lobbyists. We will remain diligent in persuading our legislators to execute the will of the people that put them in office. And, if they do not, we will replace them.
I grieve Jordan’s death, and I grieve the outcome of his trial. But I also realize that Jordan’s death serves as my calling to act on these issues, so that other moms don’t have to experience the unfathomable pain and suffering that defines the loss of a child.
Read the full essay here.
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