Even though Joe Biden was able to sign his gun control bill into law on Saturday morning thanks to the assistance of 14 Senate Republicans, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) was able to make her voice heard on the subject on Wednesday.
During a joint press conference with other pro-Second Amendment House Republicans at the Capitol, Greene told a British journalist to go home if she has a problem with America’s Constitution.
The unidentified journalist made a point of telling Greene that the U.K. doesn’t have guns, “but we don’t have mass shootings either.” She also said, “Our children aren’t scared to go to school.”
Greene responded by saying, “You have mass stabbings, lady. You have all kinds of murder, and you’ve got laws against that.”
After the reporter meekly said, “Nothing like the same rates here,” Greene told her to “go back to your country and worry about your no guns. We like ours here.”
The bill signed into law by Biden includes incentives for states to adopt “red flag” laws. States will be able to draw from a $750 million fund to implement “extreme risk protection order” programs. Critics have pointed out that the red flag laws can permit law enforcement to seize firearms from law-abiding citizens without a court conviction or ordinarily required due process of law.
The House Freedom Caucus said on Monday that it will always oppose legislation that endorses red flag laws or any other gun control provisions that violate the Second Amendment.
As Biden signed the most sweeping gun control law enacted in almost three decades Saturday morning, he said, “Time is of the essence. Lives will be saved.”
The House passed the bill, titled the “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act” on Friday by a 234-193 vote. As in the Senate, 14 Republicans crossed over to join Democrats in supporting the measure.
Even though the bill had little Republican support in the House, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) followed the lead of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in supporting the legislation.
McCarthy said the law will “make these horrifying incidents less likely” and claimed that he believes it “fully upholds” the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.
Biden said Saturday that the bill doesn’t go as far as he would like and added that he is “never going to give up.”