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A furious Republican told a Channel 4 journalist to ‘go back to your country’ after she questioned her over American gun laws.
Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene became irate after being questioned on the validity of the Second Amendment at a press conference in the US by Siobhan Kennedy.
Outspoken Greene, 48, had stepped away from the microphone when the Siobhan pointed out that the UK doesn’t ‘have mass shootings’ or the Second Amendment.
She became verbally aggressive and barked that its ‘our job to defend the Second Amendment’, which gives US citizens the right to own a gun.
Siobhan said: ‘We don’t have guns in the UK, that is true, but we don’t have mass shootings either. And our children aren’t scared to go to school.’
The controversial politician loudly shot back: ‘You have mass stabbings, lady. You have all kinds of murder and you’ve got laws against that.’
Channel 4’s Washington Correspondent hit back: ‘Not like the rates here.’
Greene waved off the statement, replying: ‘Well, you can go back to your country and worry about your no guns.’
Channel 4’s Washington Correspondent Siobhan Kennedy questioned the firebrand Republican over her views on gun laws. She had been attending a press conference in the US over the Second Amendment caucus
Marjorie Taylor Greene, 48, became verbally aggressive toward the journalist at a press conference yesterday after the female reporter pointed out the UK doesn’t ‘have mass shootings’ nor the Second Amendment.
Brazen Greene shared the clip on her Twitter page writing: ‘When British press wants to argue about our God-given American gun rights, my answer is: ‘”Go back to your own country.”‘
WHO IS SIOBHAN KENNEDY?
Siobhan joined Channel 4 News in 2008 after working at the Times as a Politics and Business correspondent based in Westminster.
She is now their Washington Correspondent, based in DC, and was awarded Capital Association’s award for best national newspaper journalist in 2007.
Before joining the Times’ team in Westminster, Siobhan worked for their Businesses section as Mergers and Private Equity Correspondent.
Prior to The Times, Siobhan worked for Reuters heading the team covering mergers, banking and the City.
She spent five years based in New York covering the collapse of some of America’s biggest companies including World command Global Crossing.
Siobhan was also one of the first reporters on the scene for Reuters during the 9/11 terror attacks and won plaudits for her range of stories in the aftermath of the crisis.
Hitting back online Siobhan said: ‘Marjorie Taylor Greene isn’t happy with me for pointing out that the proposed gun legislation is not about taking her guns away!
‘Nor is knife crime in the UK in any way comparable with gun crime here. There are no “mass stabbings” in the UK. ‘Yet here kids are frightened to go to school?’
Speaking to MailOnline, Siobhan added that the Republican was ‘doubling down’ on her opinions by reposting the footage online.
She said: ‘It was a press conference of the 2nd Amendment caucus – in other words a group of very conservative Republicans who reject any type of gun control, like the legislation going through Congress right now which looks very likely to pass.
‘It was a big back and forth after I asked her and the other members of group essentially what they were scared of- that no one was threatening to take their guns away
‘It’s important to call these politicians out and hold them to account’
The conference comes just a day after a bipartisan gun control bill was agreed upon in the Senate on Tuesday, aimed at toughening up background checks for younger gun purchasers.
It would also beef up penalties for gun trafficker’s, and stop romantic partners convicted of domestic abuse who are not married to their victims from getting firearms.
In the Senate 14 Republicans joined 48 Democrats along with two independents on the bill.
Despite this, Greene defiantly told the British journalist: ‘We like our [guns] here.’
The outspoken Republican told the unidentified journalist to ‘go back to your country’ after the reported brought up that the UK does not have mass shootings like the US. Green hit back saying that the UK has ‘all kinds of murder’.
Greene also named dropped several Republicans she said failed the GOP, including Mitch McConnell (left) and Mitt Romney (right). ‘I don’t mind naming their names, because people all over our country are furious at them,’ she bluntly claimed
The Second Amendment has been a hot button topic for decades in the US, as well as gun control.
It comes after several mass shootings in American, including an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, in which 19 students and two teachers died.
A total of 66 mass shootings have taken place since the May 24 tragedy, according to the Gun Violence Archive – which defines a mass shooting as four or more injured or killed.
Lawmakers have been pushed to come to a conclusion on the ever pressing issue as children have claimed to be scared to return to school and educators are once again bestowed the complicated task of revamping classrooms to protect the youth.
The bill also provides $750million to 19 states that have ‘red flag laws,’ making it easier to temporarily take firearms from people adjudged dangerous, and to other states with violence prevention programs.
States with ‘red flag’ laws that receive the funds would have to have legal processes for the gun owner to fight the firearm’s removal.
The bill would disburse money to states and communities to improve school safety and mental health initiatives.
Senate bargainers reached the agreement Tuesday potentially teeing up final passage by week’s end.
Lawmakers released the 80-page bill nine days after agreeing to a framework for the plan and 29 years after Congress last enacted major firearms curbs.
Greene later claimed in the press conference that the ‘Senate gun bill is a complete failure.’
She also boldly listed off the politicians she said failed the Republican party, which includes Mitch McConnell and Mitt Romney, because they voted in favor of gun control.
She also said when President Joe Biden, 79, was a senator, he made her school down a ‘gun-free zone’ and said he ‘left American students like sitting ducks [or] targets for anyone that wants to go kill them.’
She said his now ‘friends’ – the Republicans who voted in favor of harsher gun laws – are now what ‘Republican voters do not support anymore.’
‘I don’t mind naming their names, because people all over our country are furious at them,’ she bluntly said.
‘We have to change our Republican party and it needs to happen right here, because if we don’t start defending Americans’ freedoms and rights, and putting Americans first, our voters aren’t going to want to put us in charge.’
However, 65 percent of voters have expressed support toward gun reform since the Uvalde shooting, according to a Morning Consult/Politico survey, conducted in May.
Of those polled, 44 percent of Republicans, 66 percent of Independents, and 86 percent of Democrats supported the change.
The Senate introduced the bipartisan gun reform bill on Tuesday, which 14 Republican joined Democrats on. The renewed called for gun reform came after 19 children and two teachers died in Uvalde, Texas, after a mass shooter entered the school and killed them (pictured: one of the Uvlade funerals)
Salvador Ramos, 18, (pictured) had recently purchased an AR-15 to use in the shooting, where one of his relatives attended. After the shooting, 65 percent of voters polled said they supported run reform – 44 percent of Republicans polled agreed