Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) bragged Wednesday about telling a reporter to ‘go back to your country’ after being asked about the disparity in gun violence between the United States and the United Kingdom. United.
“We don’t have guns in the UK, it’s true, but we don’t have mass shootings either,” one woman, whose identity was unclear, asked Greene. at a press conference, according to a clip the MP posted on Twitter. . “Children are not afraid to go to school.
Greene, flanked by other pro-gun Republicans including Reps. Lauren Boebert (Colo.) Thomas Massie (Ky.) and Andrew Clyde (Ga.), responded, “You got mass stabbing, madam. . You have all kinds of murders and you have laws against it.
“Nothing like the same rates here,” replied the journalist.
“Well, you can go back to your country and worry about your lack of guns. We love ours here,” Greene said.
The homicide rate in the United States is four times higher than in the United Kingdom According to the Pew Research Center, almost 80% of murders in the United States 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 death rate in the United States is considerably higher than in any other developed country, most of which have stricter gun control laws. In recent years, England, Scotland and Wales combined have recorded around 30 gun deaths a year. By comparison, the number of murders involving firearms in the United States in 2020 was 19,384.
Greene and many of his House GOP colleagues have criticized a bipartisan gun bill that on Tuesday cleared an early hurdle to passage in the Senate, breaking a decades-long deadlock over control legislation firearms. The bipartisan Safer Communities Act would expand background checks and earmark millions of dollars to help states enact red flag laws, which allow authorities to temporarily confiscate firearms from people deemed dangerous to themselves. or for others.
A group of 14 Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Sens. John Cornyn (Texas), Lindsey Graham (SC) and Mitt Romney (Utah) voted in favor of the bill.
Green listed the names of these senators during his press conference, declaring the elected Republicans that “Republican voters no longer support”.
“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 laws.