Carolyn Meadows, newly elected president of the National Rifle Association, issued a public apology Monday in the wake of recent comments she made about Rep. Lucia “Lucy” McBath (D-Ga.), The Washington Post reports.
A week after her election, a spokesperson for Meadows issued a statement to the newspaper apologizing for “insensitive and inappropriate” comments she made about McBath’s 2018 electoral victory.
During an interview with the Marietta Daily Journal, Meadows denied claims that McBath’s stance on gun control reform played a role in her election. “That didn’t have anything to do with it,” she said. “It had to do with being a minority female.”
The congresswoman, one of the leading proponents for gun control, addressed Meadows’ claims via Twitter. She explained how the 2012 shooting death of her son Jordan Davis moved her to pursue a career in politics.
“I was just a Marietta mom. I loved my son Jordan more than anything else in this world. After Jordan was murdered – I realized that nobody was going change our laws for us, so I had to do it myself,” she wrote.
Posting a throwback picture of her smiling alongside her late son, McBath continued, “After Jordan was ripped away from me, I did not stop being his mom. Every single thing that I do is out of the love that I have for my son. My love for Jordan is what I extend to the work I do in my community every single day.”
She continued, “My work on gun violence, healthcare, and many other issues is just starting. And yes – as a woman of color I am proud to be part of the most diverse class in American history. My experiences drive the work I am doing for my constituents. And nobody can take that away from me.”
During an interview with CNN, McBath addressed whether she accepted Meadows’ apology. “It’s not a matter of me having to accept an apology from her,” she said.
“The most acceptable apology would be if they stop pushing their extremist agenda and they are no longer putting profit over public safety,” she said. “That would be the most acceptable apology I could ever receive.”