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The British reporter told to ‘go back to your country’ by an angry Marjorie Taylor Greene Wednesday is an award-winning Washington Correspondent for a major UK news station, it has been revealed.
The incident came during a heated clash over the issue of gun violence in the US, during a news conference at the Capitol that centered around the validity of American gun laws.
The journalist has since been identified as Siobhan Kennedy, who works as a Washington correspondent for Channel 4 – one of the UK’s most prominent news stations.
Greene, a leading figure in the GOP, was one of several to speak at the assembly – which was held a day after the US Senate took steps to pass a federal gun safety law following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Texas, last month.
Greene’ speech saw the Republican fiercely defend the Second Amendment and citizens’ right to bear arms – amid increasing pressure to nix the centuries-old guidance.
However, the presser soon devolved into a shouting match, after the journalist questioned the validity of the country’s gun laws – causing Greene to become irate.
The journalist involved in the altercation has since been identified as Siobhan Kennedy (at right), who works as a Washington correspondent for Channel 4 – one of the UK’s most prominent news stations
Marjorie Taylor Greene, 48, became verbally aggressive toward the British journalist at a press conference on Wednesday after she pointed out the UK doesn’t ‘have mass shootings’
‘We don’t have guns in the UK, that is true, but we don’t have mass shootings either,’ Kelly said after asking several questions about the effectiveness of the longtime law.
‘Our children aren’t scared to go to school,’ the London-based journalist sniped.
The remark saw Greene, an outspoken advocate of US citizens’ right to bear arms, became verbally aggressive towards the reporter.
‘You have mass stabbings, lady. You have all kinds of murder and you’ve got laws against that,’ she said.
Kelly, a veteran journalist who has worked for publications such as The Times and Reuters before joining Channel 4 in 2008, replied: ‘Nothing like the same rates here.’
Greene, 48, then shot back: ‘Well, you can go back to your country and worry about your no guns – we like ours here.’
The exchange was recorded, and has since gone viral – garnering more than 300,000 views.
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 replied: ‘You have mass stabbings, lady. You have all kinds of murder and you’ve got laws against that’
Later that day, after the meeting had come to a close, the argument spread to social media.
Greene proudly displayed the clip on her Twitter page on Wednesday evening, writing: ‘When British press wants to argue about our God-given American gun rights, my answer is: “Go back to your own country.”‘
Kennedy, who worked as a business editor at Channel 4 before become the station’s Washington correspondent in 2019, responded to Greene Thursday, suggesting that kids in US schools are frightened to attend classes due to recent shootings.
: ‘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,’ She went on. ‘There are no “mass stabbings” in the UK. Yet here kids are frightened to go to school?’
Kennedy, who worked as a business editor at Channel 4 before become the station’s Washington correspondent in 2019, continued to argument on social media Thursday
Speaking to DailyMail.com, Kelly – who won a Newswomen’s News Club of New York award while at Reuters for her stories in the aftermath of 9/11 – said 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.’
Greene’s press conference comes a day after a bipartisan gun control bill was agreed upon in the Senate on Tuesday, which would toughen background checks for younger gun buyers and beef up penalties for gun traffickers.
The bill would also prohibit romantic partners convicted of domestic abuse who are not married to their victims from getting firearms.
Despite the 14 Republicans joining the 48 Democrats and two independents on the bill the day before, Greene defiantly told the British journalist: ‘We like our [guns] here.’
The Second Amendment has been a hot button topic for decades in the US, as well as gun control. Recently, the topics have surged to the forefront of the nation after several mass shootings, including an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, took place, shaking the nation as 19 students and two teachers died.
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
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.
The 14 Republicans MTG said failed the GOP for supporting tighter gun legislation
- Roy Blunt (MO)
- Richard Burr (NC)
- Shelley Moore Capito (WV)
- Bill Cassidy (LA)
- Susan Collins (ME)
- John Cornyn (TX)
- Joni Ernst (IA)
- Lindsey Graham (TX)
- Mitch McConnel (KY)
- Lisa Murkowski (AK)
- Jones Portman (OH)
- Mitt Romney (UT)
- Thom Tillis (NC)
- Todd Young (IN)
Senate bargainers reached the agreement Tuesday potentially teeing up final passage by week’s end.
Though Republicans blocked tougher restrictions sought by Democrats, the accord marks an election-year breakthrough on an issue that pits the GOP’s staunch gun-owning and rural voters against Democrats’ urban-centered backers of firearms curbs.
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