Marjorie Taylor Greene: Childhood incident with school gunman shaped her Second Amendment stance
"The House of Representatives really is nothing but a House of hypocrisy," Greene says, referring to the gun control debate on the floor of the U.S. House, which is protected by officers with firearms
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Georgia Republican, says a gun incident from her childhood school years cemented her support for the Second Amendment today.
"It was one of the scariest days of my life, and it happened to be when Joe Biden turned America's schools into gun free school zones," Greene recalled during an interview this week with the Just the News, Not Noise television show. "It was in 1990. I was 16 years old, and one morning one of our schoolmates brought guns to school in a duffel bag on the school bus, saying it was like a school project, brought them into his first-period class and he took over our entire school with guns."
"And the reason why he was able to do that is we had no good guy with a gun in our school. Our principal, we didn't have a resource officer, we had no one," she added. And so all of our classes went on lockdown and the only thing we knew is that there was another student on the loose with guns and all of our lives were in danger. And that really, really set in to me and many of my friends that we learned a really very important lesson that day," she added.
Greene continued, saying, "You never want to be at the mercy of a madman with a gun. You always want to be able to protect yourself and protect others and that's what I walked away from my school that day knowing."
Greene said she's been "fighting really hard" against the Democrats' gun control legislation because she believes it won't make anyone safer.
"They actually keep everyone unsafe and most importantly, they keep our children unsafe in gun free school zones," she said, adding that she found "irony" in the gun control debate going on in the House chamber.
"Every single door has men or women armed with guns, the very same guns that they want to take away from Americans," she said. "And so I was telling everyone there, I was like, this is the biggest hypocrisy. The House of Representatives really is nothing but a House of hypocrisy."
The Democratic-led House passed gun control legislation on Wednesday that includes raising the age to purchase semi-automatic weapons to 21 nationally and banning the sale of large-capacity magazines.
Currently, federal law sets the age at 21 for the purchase of handguns, not semi-automatic weapons such as AR-15s. The bill faces an uphill climb in the 50-50 Senate.