Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Tells Reporter To ‘Go Back To Your Country’
MP Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) boasted on Wednesday that she told a reporter to "go back to your country" after being asked about the gun violence disparity between the US and Britain.
"We don't have guns in Britain, that's true, but we don't have mass shootings either," a woman whose identity was unclear asked Greene at a news conference, according to a clip the congresswoman posted to Twitter. “Children are not afraid to go to school”
Greene, flanked by other gun-friendly House Republicans including Rep. Lauren Boebert (Colo.), Thomas Massie (Ky.) and Andrew Clyde (Ga.), responded, "You have mass stabbings, lady. You have all kinds of murder and you have laws against it.
"Nothing beats equal rates here," the reporter replied.
"Well, you can go back to your country and worry about being unarmed. We like ours here," Greene said.
The homicide rate in the US is four times higher than in the UK. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 80% of homicides in the US in 2020 involved a firearm.
Globally, firearms accounted for 54% of all homicides in 2017, while knives accounted for 22%, according to a United Nations global homicide study.
The gun fatality rate in the US is significantly higher than in any other developed world, most of which have stricter gun control laws. In recent years there have been around 30 gun deaths a year in England, Scotland and Wales combined. In comparison, the number of firearm homicides in the United States in 2020 was 19,384.
Greene and many of her GOP colleagues in the House have criticized a bipartisan gun bill that cleared a first hurdle for passage in the Senate on Tuesday, breaking a decades-long deadlock on gun control legislation. The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act would expand background checks and direct millions of dollars to help states enact warning signal laws that allow authorities to temporarily confiscate firearms from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others.
A group of 14 Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Sens. John Cornyn (Texas), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Mitt Romney (Utah), voted to go ahead with the bill.
Greene listed the names of these senators during her press briefing, declaring them Republican-elect who "no longer support Republican voters."
"We need to change our Republican Party," she said.
However, polls have repeatedly shown that a majority of voters, including Republicans and gun owners, support background checks and red flag legislation.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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