Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tells reporter to ‘go back to your country’

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) Boasted on Wednesday that she told a reporter to “go back to your country” after being asked about the inequality in gun violence between the US and the UK

“We do not have guns in the UK, that’s true, but we also do not have mass shootings,” a woman, whose identity was unclear, asked Greene at a news conference, according to an excerpt from the congresswoman posted on Twitter. “Children are not afraid to go to school.”

Greene, flanked by other pro-gun House Republicans, including Reps. Lauren Boebert (Col.) Thomas Massie (Ky.) And Andrew Clyde (Ga.), Replied: “You have mass stabbing, lady. You have all kinds of murders and you have laws against it.”

“Nothing like the same rates here,” the reporter replied.

The U.S. homicide rate is four times higher than the UK According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 80% of U.S. homicides in 2020 involved a firearm.

Worldwide, firearms accounted for 54% of all homicides in 2017 while knives accounted for 22%, according to a United Nations global study on homicides.

The gun death rate in the US is significantly higher than any other developed nation, most of which have stricter gun control laws. In the last few years, England, Scotland and Wales together have seen about 30 firearms deaths a year. In comparison, the number of U.S. firearms killings in 2020 was 19,384.

Greene and many of her House IDP colleagues criticized a two-party gun bill that overcame an initial hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday that broke a decade-long deadlock over gun control legislation. The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act will expand background investigations and direct millions of dollars to help states enact red flag laws, allowing authorities to temporarily confiscate firearms from individuals deemed dangerous to themselves or others.

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A group of 14 Republicans, including minority leaders Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Sens. John Cornyn (Texas), Lindsey Graham (SC) and Mitt Romney (Utah), voted to continue with the bill.

Greene the names of these senators are listed during her press conference, declaring that they are the elected Republicans that “Republican voters no longer support.”

“We need to change our Republican Party,” she said.

Opinion polls, however, have repeatedly shown that a majority of voters, including Republicans and gun owners, support background checks and red flag laws.

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