Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) boasted Wednesday that she told a reporter to “return to your country” after being asked concerning the disparity in gun violence between the U.S. and the U.K.
“We don’t have guns within the U.K., that’s true, but we don’t have mass shootings either,” a lady, whose identity was unclear, asked Greene at a press conference, in accordance with a clip the congresswoman posted to Twitter. “Children aren’t scared to go to high school.”
Greene, flanked by other pro-gun House Republicans, including Reps. Lauren Boebert (Colo.) Thomas Massie (Ky.) and Andrew Clyde (Ga.), replied: “You could have mass stabbings, lady. You could have every kind of murder and also you’ve got laws against that.”
“Nothing just like the same rates here,” the reporter replied.
“Well, you’ll be able to return to your country and worry about your no guns. We like ours here,” Greene said.
When British press desires to argue about our God-given American gun rights, my answer is: “return to your individual country.” pic.twitter.com/QrcA9Apbet
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) June 22, 2022
Globally, firearms accounted for 54% of all homicides in 2017 while knives accounted for 22%, per a United Nations Global Study on Homicide.
The gun death rate within the U.S. is substantially higher than another developed nation, most of which have stricter gun control laws. Prior to now few years, England, Scotland and Wales combined have seen around 30 gun deaths a yr. Comparatively, the variety of murders involving firearms within the U.S. in 2020 was 19,384.
Greene and a lot of her House GOP colleagues have criticized a bipartisan gun bill which on Tuesday cleared an initial hurdle to passing within the Senate, breaking a decades-long stalemate on gun control laws. The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act would expand background checks and direct hundreds of thousands of dollars toward helping states enact red-flag laws, which permit authorities to temporarily confiscate firearms from individuals 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 proceed with the bill.
Greene listed the names of those senators during her press conference, declaring them the elected Republicans that “Republican voters don’t support anymore.”
“We’ve gotta change our Republican Party,” she said.