Lucy McBath, national spokesperson for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, speaks during a rally at Woodruff Park in Atlanta in 2017, during the NRA’s national convention in the city. DAVID BARNES / DAVID.BARNES@AJC.COM
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Georgia 6th: Gun control groups line up behind McBath

The political arm of the Everytown for Gun Safety, the New York-based advocacy group, plans to announce its endorsement of McBath today, along with more than $200,000 in digital ads and mailers aimed at sharing the former flight attendant’s story with Democratic primary voters. 

McBath first got involved in politics after her 17-year-old son was fatally shot in a convenience store parking lot in 2012 following a dispute over his music. She had initially planned to challenge Republican Sam Teasley for his statehouse seat but changed course after the Parkland, Fla., shootings

Highlights of Georgia Democratic poll About half of likely Democratic voters still haven’t decided who to support in next month’s primary. Of those who have decided, one-third of voters backed Stacey Abrams while about 15 percent support Stacey Evans. Voters have even less knowledge about the race for lieutenant governor. A whopping 70 percent of the Democratic electorate was undecided. President Donald Trump’s approval rating among Democrats stands at 7 percent. About 9 in 10 Democrats disapprove

Everytown’s endorsement isn’t exactly a surprise – McBath has been a national spokeswoman for the group for years – but it shows how gun violence prevention groups are looking to flex their political muscle in the aftermath of Parkland and the March for Our Lives. Another firearms-related advocacy group, The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, rolled out its own endorsement of McBath last week. 

Everytown’s President John Feinblatt called McBath “one of the gun safety movement’s most effective activists.” 

“Congress needs more members like Lucy—courageous leaders who value our children’s lives more than an NRA ‘A’ rating,” he said. 

McBath’s entry into the 6th District race has helped bring gun control, school safety and gun violence prevention to the forefront of the contest, even as her fundraising has lagged behind that of fellow Democrats

While McBath’s three primary opponents have all voiced support for stronger gun control laws, Handel, R-Roswell, has mainly focused on school safety in the aftermath of the Parkland massacre. 

Read more: Georgia congressional race pulled into national gun control debate

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Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman is a senior reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's enterprise team, where she covers gender, the urban-rural divide and other...