- MP Marjorie Taylor Greene had a heated exchange with a British reporter about gun rights.
- The reporter said there are no mass shootings in Britain because “we don’t have guns”.
- Greene responded by telling her to “go back to her country and not worry about guns.”
At a news conference on Wednesday, Georgia MP Marjorie Taylor Greene urged a British reporter to “go back to her country” after being questioned about gun rights.
The Georgia representative tweeted a video of the exchange. “When the British press wants to argue about our God-given American gun rights, my answer is, ‘Go back to your own country,'” Greene wrote.
At the press conference, Greene publicly criticized the 14 GOP senators, including Minority Senate Chairman Mitch McConnell, who voted to introduce gun control legislation. She asked for her deselection.
—Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) June 22, 2022
“It’s our job to defend the Second Amendment,” Greene said.
“Well I understand we don’t have guns in Britain, that’s true, but we don’t have mass shootings either. Children are not afraid to go to school,” said the unidentified British reporter.
Greene fired back, claiming Britain had “mass stabbing” and “all manner of murder.”
“Nothing like the same rates here,” the reporter said in response.
“Well, you can go back to your country and worry about your gunlessness,” Greene said. “We like ours here.”
Greene’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.
According to the UK government, the homicide rate in the UK for the year to March 2021 was 9.9 homicides per million people. Of the 594 murders that year, 36 involved a firearm, according to government statistics.
Meanwhile, the US homicide rate was about 7.5 per 100,000 people in 2020, or about 75 homicides per million people, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Of the 24,576 homicides that year, 19,384 — about 79% — involved a firearm, according to NCHS.
Gun laws in the UK allow local law enforcement to issue five-year gun ownership certificates to those who undergo multiple background checks and provide a valid reason for the need for the firearm.
The latest UK statistics state that as of March 2021, 565,929 people in the country held either a shotgun or firearms certificate. Insider previously reported that there are around 393 million guns owned by civilians in the US.