representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) boasted on Wednesday that she told a reporter to “go back to your country” after being asked about the disparity in gun violence between the US and the UK
“We don’t have guns in the UK, 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 on Twitter. † “Children are not afraid to go to school.”
Greene, flanked by other pro-gun House Republicans, including Representatives Lauren Boebert (Colo.) Thomas Massie (Ky.) and Andrew Clyde (Ga.), replied, “You have massive stabbings, lady. You have all kinds of murders and you have laws against that.”
“There’s nothing like the same rates here,” the reporter replied.
“Well, you can go back to your country and worry about having no weapons. We’re having a good time here,” Greene said.
Globally, firearms accounted for 54% of all homicides in 2017, while knives accounted for 22%, per year. a United Nations global study on murder†
The gun death rate in the US is significantly higher than any other developed country, most of which have stricter gun laws. In the last few years, England, Scotland and Wales together have seen about 30 deaths a year† In comparison: the number of murders involving firearms in the US in 2020 was 19,384†
Greene and many of her House GOP colleagues have criticized a bipartisan gun law passed Tuesday taken a first hurdle to succeed in the Senate, breaking a decades-long stalemate over gun control legislation. The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act would expand background checks and spend millions of dollars helping states red flag lawsallowing authorities to temporarily seize firearms from persons deemed dangerous to themselves or others.
A group of 14 Republicansincluding minority leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Sens. John Cornyn (Texas), Lindsey Graham (SC) and Mitt Romney (Utah), voted to pass the bill.
greene the names of these senators listed during her press conference, in which she stated that they were the elected Republicans who “no longer support Republican voters”.
“We need to change our Republican Party,” she said.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.