Jordan Davis's Mother, Lucia McBath, on the Death of Her Son
Jordan Davis and Lucia McBath In the wake of Jordan Davis's death, his mother Lucia McBath has become active in the fight against Stand Your Ground laws.She is currently the national spokesperson for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America. I spoke with her recently about the impact of the death of her son.How aware were you of Stand Your canada goose black friday sale Ground laws before your son was killed?I have https://www.canadagooseoutletcanada.ca to humble myself and say I didn't think much about them. I knew what was happening in the country. But I spent more time trying to prepare Jordan to be safe, specifically being a young Black male. I monitored who he was with and what Canada Goose online he did. And I would have those discussions with him. But I didn't know anything about Stand Your Ground until Trayvon, which I discussed with Jordan as well. 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