Dem whose son was killed in shooting: Gun violence is the real national emergency, ‘not a wall’

Rep. Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathGOP polling: Impeachment unpopular in swing districts GOP scores procedural win by securing more funding to enforce Iran sanctions Black women candidates are overlooked and underrated MORE (D-Georgia) on Friday criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE’s decision to declare a national emergency to fund his border wall. 

Speaking on CNN, McBath said that there “really is a national emergency,” but on gun violence, not immigration.

“People continue to die every single day,” McBath told CNN’s John Berman. “We know that we’ve got over a hundred people in this country that die unnecessarily to gun violence every single day… that is a public health crisis.”

“That is a national emergency,” she added. “Not a wall.”

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The freshman lawmaker was inspired to run for Congress following her teenage son’s shooting death. She ousted Rep. Karen HandelKaren Christine HandelFreshman House Dems surge past GOP in money race McBath fundraising off 'get back in the kitchen' remarks Ex-GOP lawmaker Handel to run for her former Georgia seat in 2020 MORE (R-Ga.) for a seat been held by Republicans for decades.

McBath said Friday that she would back a national emergency on gun violence, but that she would want such a declaration to go through Congress.

Trump has threatened for weeks to declare a national emergency at the southern border in order to secure funding for his proposed border wall, a key campaign promise, without Congress.

The White House announced Thursday that Trump would avert a second government shutdown by signing a funding bill that provided just $1.375 billion for border security, a fraction of the $5.7 billion he originally demanded from lawmakers.

On Friday, Trump declared a national emergency, and said he would seek to redirect funding from the Treasury and Defense departments to pay for the wall.

After Trump announced his decision on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump telling aides to look at potential spending cuts if he wins reelection: report Budget talks between White House, Pelosi spill into weekend Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony MORE (D-Calif.) warned Republicans that a Democratic president could use the same powers to declare an emergency on guns.

“The precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans,” she said.