US congresswoman insults UK journalist — Analysis
Siobhan Kennedy, a Channel 4 journalist, tried earlier to question Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene about gun violence in America
After being asked by a UK reporter about her controversial gun control bill she was angry at the question. “go back”Send it to your country.
Channel 4 representative Siobhan Kennedy confronted Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Wednesday over Greene’s opposition to the bill.
Greene, along with her fellow pro-gun Republicans, attacked the 14 GOP Senators that voted for gun control legislation during a press conference hosted by the Second Amendment Caucus. On Friday, the House passed the bill and President Joe Biden signed it into law on Saturday.
Greene called the Republicans that helped to pass the legislation. “RINOs,” an acronym for ‘Republicans in Name Only.’
Kennedy, reporting from the press event accused Greene that he put gun rights ahead of public safety.
“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,”Sie argued.
“You have mass stabbings, lady,”Greene replied. “You have all kinds of murder and you’ve got laws against that.”
“Nothing like the same rates here,” Kennedy shot back.
“Well, you can go back to your country and worry about your no guns,” Greene replied. “We like ours here.”
Taylor Greene, Kennedy and Kennedy both posted videos to Twitter of their exchange. Taylor Greene accused Kennedy. “British press” of questioning Americans’ “God-given rights,”Kennedy insists that the gun control legislation is in doubt “is not about taking her guns away.”
.@RepMTG isn’t happy with me for pointing out that the proposed gun legislation is not about taking her guns away! Knife crime is not comparable to gun crime in the UK. There are no “mass stabbings”in the UK. However, children are afraid to attend school. https://t.co/Na8rw8bKft
— siobhan kennedy (@siobhankennedy4) June 23, 2022
The legislation in question – the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act – tightens background checks for gun buyers under 21, forbids convicted domestic abusers from buying weapons for five years, funds mental-health services and school security, and criminalizes “straw purchases” – where one individual buys a gun on behalf of someone else.
The most controversial part of the agreement is its financing for “so-called” humanitarian projects. “red flag”The laws allow authorities to seize guns from anyone they deem a danger to others or themselves. Conservatives argue that these laws are being used by left-leaning prosecutors to attack them politically. However, the National Rifle Organization stated the complete package of laws would be confiscated. “abused to restrict lawful gun purchases, infringe upon the rights of law-abiding Americans, and use federal dollars to fund gun control measures being adopted by state and local politicians.”
Since the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban (which prohibited sale of all semi-automatic firearms for more than a decade), the act was the first significant gun control legislation to pass. This bill passed Congress just weeks after a massacre at Robb Elementary School, Uvalde, Texas by a gunman who killed 19 children and injured two adults.
The US’ homicide rate is around four times higher than that of the UK, while the US records 646 times as many gun homicides per year as the UK does. Gun homicide rates can vary widely between states, and among different demographics. Mississippi has seven times the annual firearm homicides of Massachusetts. In Mississippi, young black men are 21 percent more likely to murder using a gun than their white counterparts.
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