Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Not Really Kind Of Person You Want Having A Gun
Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from the GOP's burgeoning QAnon caucus is a racist, anti-Muslim bigot, and a 9/11 truther. She almost gives “Q" a bad name. Now, Facebook posts from the distant past of 2018 reveal some more garbage beliefs from the mixed-up mind of our new least favorite congresswoman.
A few months after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Greene posted a Fox News (where else?) article about Scot Peterson, the former Broward County sheriff's deputy who stayed outside while a gunman killed 17 people at the school. She thought — well, that's a strong word — it was suspicious that Peterson still received his retirement pension.
She could've just attacked pension plans in general, like a normal awful conservative, but instead she leapt on the conspiracy train and agreed with assholes who claimed the shooting was a “false flag" event.
Someone suggested that Peterson's retirement pension was actually a “kick back for going along with the evil plan." Greene responded, “My thoughts exactly!" because she too is an idiot. She said Peterson was “paid to do what he did and keep his mouth shut." Shadowy groups don't usually pay people for their cowardice.
The Parkland shooting sparked a push for reasonable gun safety legislation, which has mostly gone nowhere because the gun lobby owns most Republicans, including Florida's own Senator Marco Rubio. I guess shadowy groups do compensate cowards.
Conspiracy theorists claim that the worst school shootings, including the murder of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, are hoaxes staged with so-called “crisis actors." There's zero evidence supporting this insane assertion, but that just “proves" how deep the conspiracy goes.
.@mtgreenee, we have never met. It appears you think or at one time thought the school shooting in Florida was a f… https://t.co/6XVrXHdRGD— Fred Guttenberg (@Fred Guttenberg)1611075438.0
Greene does seem to believe that the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High actually took place, but she thinks it was an orchestrated hit. In December 2018, shortly after the Democrats reclaimed the House of Representatives, Greene wrote a long-ass, rambling Facebook screed where she argued that Nancy Pelosi regularly orders school shootings as a pretense for passing more gun control laws.
Adding to this deluge of lies, the Democrats in the House also have a priority of passing strict gun control. It is number one on their agenda starting in January. They want to ban "assault weapons" aka semi-automatic guns, and use mental illness as a reason people cannot own guns.
Assault weapons were banned in the 1990s under Bill Clinton. George W. Bush let the ban expire in 2004 and mass shootings with military-style weapons have only increased. This isn't that complicated. I personally agree that “mental illness" is too often used as a blanket term. The problem is the proliferation of guns in America and the ridiculously easy access to them.
If PTSD is on the mental illness list then that will wipe out millions of veterans in our country as gun owners. That cannot happen!!! Also, they are going to try to pass strict gun control on the state level as well. This war on our second amendment is going to continue and must be fought. I am told that Nancy Pelosi tells Hillary Clinton several times a month that "we need another school shooting" in order to persuade the public to want strict gun control.
Did Greene's best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend hear from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Pelosi order the “Code Deads"? This woman is deranged.
(1,3) Jaime's life and the the start of the @JoeBiden Presidency will be forever linked. Exactly two years ago tod… https://t.co/cjHXRAHnBW— Fred Guttenberg (@Fred Guttenberg)1611141176.0
Jaime Guttenberg was a very real student who was killed during the very real Parkland shooting. Her father, Fred, has devoted his life to making sure no other parents lose their children because of gun violence. Greene's callous nonsense infuriated him, as it does most decent people. But today, instead of stewing over the regrettable fact that this fool is in Congress, let's join Fred Guttenberg in celebrating what's possible now that Joe Biden is president. Let's hope that we'll see Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie in the Senate on a sensible gun safety measure. Today at least, we can dare to dream.
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Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He writes reviews for the A.V. Club and make believe for Cafe Nordo, an immersive theatre space in Seattle. He's also on the board of the Portland Playhouse theatre. His son describes him as a “play typer guy."