Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (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, it’s true, but we also don’t have mass shootings,” Greene asked at a press conference, a woman whose identity is unknown. . “Children are not afraid to go to school.”
Green, accompanied by other pro-gun Republicans in the House of Representatives including Representatives Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado), Thomas Massey (R-Kentucky), and Andrew Clyde (R-G), responded, “You’re having massive stabbings, lady. You have all kinds of murders and you have laws against it.”
“There is nothing like it here,” the reporter replied.
“Well, you can go back to your country and worry about not having a gun. We like it here,” Greene said.
The murder rate in the US is four times higher than in the UK. Nearly 80% of homicides in the US in 2020 were committed with firearms, according to the Pew Research Center.
According to the UN Global Homicide Survey, in 2017, firearms accounted for 54% of all homicides, while knives accounted for 22%.
The death rate from firearms in the US is significantly higher than any other developed country, most of which have stricter gun control laws. Over the past few years in England, Scotland and Wales combined, about 30 people have died a year. In comparison, the number of gun homicides in the United States in 2020 was 19,384.
Greene and many of her GOP House colleagues slammed the bipartisan gun bill, which on Tuesday cleared an initial hurdle to passage in the Senate, breaking a decades-old deadlock over gun control legislation. The bipartisan Safer Communities Act will expand background checks and send millions of dollars to help states pass troubling laws that allow authorities to temporarily confiscate firearms from individuals deemed a danger to themselves or others.
A group of 14 Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) and Senators John Cornyn (Texas), Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), and Mitt Romney (Utah), voted to pass the bill.
Green listed the names of these senators during his press conference, declaring them elected Republicans whom “Republican voters no longer support.”
“We have 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.