Channel 4 journalists rally round Siobhan Kennedy after she was told to ‘go back to your country’

British journalists have rallied around their Channel 4 News colleague after she was told to ‘go back to your country’ by a furious Republican firebrand politician.

Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene lashed out at reporter Siobhan Kennedy after she questioned her over American gun laws and the validity of the Second Amendment at a press conference in the US.

Producers at the UK news channel have called the Washington Correspondent ‘brilliant’ for the way she handled the heated debate on gun control laws.

Siobhan also told MailOnline that she wanted to hold the Republican politician to account for her statements.  

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. 

Kennedy 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.’ 

Republican Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene told a Channel 4 journalist Siobhan Kennedy (pictured) to ‘go back to your country’ after she questioned her over American gun laws and the validity of the Second Amendment at a press conference in the US

Greene, 48, had stepped away from the microphone when Kennedy (pictured today) pointed out that the UK doesn't 'have mass shootings' or the Second Amendment

Greene, 48, had stepped away from the microphone when Kennedy (pictured today) pointed out that the UK doesn’t ‘have mass shootings’ or the Second Amendment

Marjorie Taylor Greene told a Channel 4 journalist Siobhan Kennedy to 'go back to your country' after she questioned her over American gun laws

Marjorie Taylor Greene told a Channel 4 journalist Siobhan Kennedy to ‘go back to your country’ after she questioned her over American gun laws

Siobhan Kennedy's new colleagues rallied round her to support her hitting back at the fiery Republican. They supported her by sharing the footage originally posted by Channel 4 News of the incident

Siobhan Kennedy’s new colleagues rallied round her to support her hitting back at the fiery Republican. They supported her by sharing the footage originally posted by Channel 4 News of the incident

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

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

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.’ 

Producer Zahra Warsame shared the footage of the heated exchange posted by Channel 4 news and added: ‘We don’t have guns but we don’t have mass shootings either…. a fair point from Siobhan Kennedy’.

Health and Social Care Editor Victoria Macdonald wrote: ‘My brilliant colleague Siobhan Kennedy pushing back against Marjorie Taylor Greene.’

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.

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.

Presenter & Investigations Editor for the broadcaster Cathy Newman added: ‘Brilliant from Siobhan Kennedy.’

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.”

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 Second Amendment has been a hot button topic for decades in the US, as well as gun control. 

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.

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.

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'.

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’.

Green said Mitch McConnell (pictured) failed the GOP for supporting the Senate bill

Green said Mitt Romney (pictured) failed the GOP for supporting the Senate bill

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 

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. 

HOW DO UK AND US MURDER RATES COMPARE?

In 2021 the United States murder rate was estimated to be more than 22,000, which is around 6.9 murders per 100,000 people.

The UK had a murder rate of 0.99 per 100,000 people in 2021, with ONS statistics revealing that 691 people were killed that year.

In 2021 35 people were killed in the UK by using a gun, while 223 people were stabbed to death.

The previous year, 2020, saw 30 people killed in a shooting and 262 killed with a bladed article.

The most recent data suggests that there were 30 homicides committed by shooting in the year ending 31 March 2020 – 4% of all homicides.

Of these 30 victims, 20 per cent were female and 80 per cent were male.

In the US Chicago Police reported that 2021 was the deadliest year in a quarter-century, with 797 homicides recorded – up 25 from 2020.

Minneapolis Police reported 96 murders, just one killing short of surpassing 1995’s homicide record, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Murders in Los Angeles last year reached 397, the highest that number has been in 15 years, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The NYPD reported the highest number of murders in ten years, with 488 reported in 2021 – the highest it’s been since 2011, when 515 people were killed, statistics show.

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.   

It comes as the Supreme Court today struck down a New York law severely restricting licenses to carry a concealed weapon, in the high court’s biggest Second Amendment ruling in a decade.

The 6-3 ruling on Thursday reversed a lower court’s opinion, which had upheld the 108-year-old New York law restricting licenses to carry concealed weapons in public to those demonstrating a specific need or threat.

New York is not alone in severely limiting who can get a license to carry concealed in public, and the new ruling will likely make it easier to legally carry a gun in major cities including Los Angeles, Boston and Baltimore.

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)

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

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 

Just what the Big Apple needs! Supreme Court strikes down New York gun law restricting concealed carry in major Second Amendment case

 BY KEITH GRIFFITH 

The Supreme Court has struck down a New York law severely restricting licenses to carry a concealed weapon, in the high court’s biggest Second Amendment ruling in a decade.

The 6-3 ruling on Thursday reversed a lower court’s opinion, which had upheld the 108-year-old New York law restricting licenses to carry concealed weapons in public to those demonstrating a specific need or threat.

New York is not alone in severely limiting who can get a license to carry concealed in public, and the new ruling will likely make it easier to legally carry a gun in major cities including Los Angeles, Boston and Baltimore.

Justice Clarence Thomas delivered the majority opinion, writing that the New York law prevents law-abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment rights.

The court decision comes as the Senate was poised on Thursday for a vote to advance a bipartisan gun-control bill, in what could be the first new federal gun legislation in decades.

The 6-3 ruling on Thursday came along ideological lines, with the court's conservative majority all voting in favor of striking down the New York law

The 6-3 ruling on Thursday came along ideological lines, with the court’s conservative majority all voting in favor of striking down the New York law

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, reacted with fury to the court ruling and said she would consider calling a special session of the legislature to respond

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, reacted with fury to the court ruling and said she would consider calling a special session of the legislature to respond

A right-wing firebrand who has lit up the Republican Party: Who is Marjorie Taylor Greene?

An advocate for social conservatism and gun rights, Marjorie Taylor Greene, 48, has emerged as one of the most controversial and outspoken politicians from the right-wing of the Republic Party.

She was first elected to Congress in 2021, where she represents Georgia’s 14th Congressional district in the House of Representatives.

Born in Milledgeville, Georgia, in 1974, Greene and her husband Perry bought her father’s general contracting company in 2002, where she worked for four years as its chief financial officer.

From 2013 to 2017, she and business partner Travis Mayer ran a cross-gym business which has since closed.

She first became politically engaged in 2016, during the Republican Party presidential primaries when Donald Trump won the party’s nomination for President.

After this, Greene wrote some 59 articles for the now-defunct website American Truth Seekers, since regarded as a conspiracy theorist website.

An advocate for social conservatism and gun rights, Marjorie Taylor Greene, 48, (pictured) has emerged as one of the most controversial and outspoken politicians from the right-wing of the Republic Party

An advocate for social conservatism and gun rights, Marjorie Taylor Greene, 48, (pictured) has emerged as one of the most controversial and outspoken politicians from the right-wing of the Republic Party

In September 2020, she shared a meme on Facebook of herself holding a rifle alongside to pictures of Democrat congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaid. Greene wrote that it was time for ‘strong conservative Christians to go on the offense against these socialists who want to rip our country apart.’ She was later strongly criticised fo the post by house speaker Nancy Pelosi.

In her victory speech, she referred to Pelosi as a ‘b****’ and ‘anti-American’.

When she was sworn in in January 2021, Greene appeared in the house floor with a face mask stating ‘Trump won’.

She later denied encouraging the Capitol riots that month and called for an end to violence; while still supporting Trump’s claims.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, reacted with fury to the court ruling, saying that it flew in the face of efforts to restrict gun rights following several high-profile mass shootings.

‘It is outrageous that at a moment of national reckoning on gun violence, the Supreme Court has recklessly struck down a New York law that limits those who can carry concealed weapons,’ Hochul wrote in a tweet.

‘In response to this ruling, we are closely reviewing our options – including calling a special session of the legislature,’ the governor added.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg also slammed the ruling, saying in a statement: ‘This decision severely undermines public safety not just in New York City, but around the country.’

Bragg said that his office was analyzing the ruling and would work to craft new legislation within the bounds of the court’s decision.

‘The Supreme Court may have made our work harder, but we will only redouble our efforts to develop new solutions to end the epidemic of gun violence and ensure lasting public safety,’ he said.

The new ruling will have far-reaching implications in a number of states with similar laws.

California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island all have similar laws. The Biden administration had urged the justices to uphold New York´s law.

Thursday’s court ruling is expected to ultimately allow more people to legally carry guns on the streets of the nation´s largest cities – including New York, Los Angeles and Boston – and elsewhere.

About a quarter of the U.S. population lives in states expected to be affected by the ruling, the high court´s first major gun decision in more than a decade.

The ruling comes as Congress is actively working on gun legislation following recent mass shootings in Texas, New York and California.

Justice Thomas wrote for the majority that the Constitution protects ‘an individual´s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.’

In their decision, the justices struck down a New York law requiring people to demonstrate a particular need for carrying a gun in order to get a license to carry one in public.

The justices said the requirement violates the Second Amendment right to ‘keep and bear arms.’

In a dissent joined by his liberal colleagues, Justice Stephen Breyer focused on the toll taken by gun violence. ‘Since the start of this year alone (2022), there have already been 277 reported mass shootings-an average of more than one per day,’ Breyer wrote.

Backers of New York’s law had argued that striking it down would ultimately lead to more guns on the streets and higher rates of violent crime.

The decision comes at a time when gun violence already on the rise during the coronavirus pandemic has spiked anew.

In most of the country, gun owners have little difficulty legally carrying their weapons in public.

But that had been harder to do in New York and the handful of states with similar laws.

New York’s law, which has been in place since 1913, says that to carry a concealed handgun in public, a person applying for a license has to show ‘proper cause,’ a specific need to carry the weapon.

The state issues unrestricted licenses where a person can carry their gun anywhere and restricted licenses that allow a person to carry the weapon but just for specific purposes such as hunting and target shooting or to and from their place of business.

The Supreme Court last issued a major gun decision in 2010. In that decision and a ruling from 2008 the justices established a nationwide right to keep a gun at home for self-defense.

The question for the court this time was about carrying one outside the home.

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