On Wednesday, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene lambasted a British journalist and asked her to “go back” to her country after being asked about her opposition to gun reform.
On Tuesday, Senate negotiators said they had reached a bipartisan agreement on gun ownership reforms as well as funding for mental health treatment and school safety initiatives, bringing Congress closer to the government. passage of the most significant federal gun violence legislation in decades.
At a press conference on Wednesday, the Georgia Republican said, “It’s our job to defend the Second Amendment.”
The British journalist, who has not been identified, replied: “We don’t have guns in the UK, that’s true, but we don’t have mass shootings either. And our children are not afraid to go to school.
“You’ve got mass stab wounds, ma’am,” Ms Greene replied. “You have all kinds of murders and you have laws against it.”
“Nothing like the same rates here,” the reporter said.
“Well, you can go back to your country and worry about your lack of weapons,” Ms Greene replied. “We like ours here.”
Ms Greene later posted a video of the exchange on Twitter.
“When the British press wants to debate our American gun rights, my response is ‘go back to your own country,'” she wrote.
The conservative Republican has been a strong gun advocate.
Earlier this month, in response to Canada’s gun bill, Ms Greene said that without guns in the hands of its citizens, Canada would be powerless to stop the Russian invaders.
In the aftermath of the Uvalde school mass shooting in which 21 people, including 19 children, were killed by an 18-year-old gunman at Robb Elementary School in Texas, Ms Greene had suggested creating a volunteer militia of parents and guardians to protect schools.
The Senate could vote later this week on the final passage of the gun reform bill.
The framework of the legislation includes expanded background checks on gun buyers under the age of 21, as well as closing the so-called ‘boyfriend loophole’, which allowed some people convicted of domestic violence to continue to buy firearms.
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