QAnon Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has marked the third anniversary of the Parkland mass shooting with a tweet calling for more guns in schools.
The Republican made the inflammatory comment after President Joe Biden called for a ‘common sense’ approach to gun reform as he commemorated the 17 lives lost in the massacre.
Greene wrote: ‘Joe Biden had 30,000 armed guards at his inauguration, he clearly believes in good guys with guns. The best way to prevent school shootings is to repeal all gun free school zones and protect our kids like he protects himself.’
The 46-year-old has previously suggested that the Parkland and Sandy Hook shootings were staged and has refused calls to resign over those comments.
Greene wearing a ‘Trump Won’ face mask on January 3, a month after the general election which he lost
It comes after Biden put out a statement saying his administration ‘will not wait for the next mass shooting’ before pushing forward legislation.
‘We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer,’ the president said on Sunday.
Parents of the children killed in the rampage last month demanded that Greene resign over her comments that the February 2018 massacre was staged.
In May of that year, she posted online a story about disgraced Broward County sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson – who ran away when the Valentine’s Day shooting began – receiving a retirement pension.
In the comments section, someone wrote: ‘It’s called a pay off to keep his mouth shut since it was a false flag planned shooting.’
Greene replied: ‘Exactly.’
Another commented: ‘Kick back for going along with the evil plan. You know it’s not for doing a good job.’
Greene responded: ‘My thoughts exactly!! Paid to do what he did and keep his mouth shut!’
Gun rights activists frequently claim that school shootings are ‘false flag’ events, orchestrated by Democrats with paid actors, rather than real victims. They believe the scenarios are staged to spur gun control.
Relatives of the 17 students and staff killed in the massacre furiously demanded she resign, and David Hogg, a survivor of the shooting, called on her to apologize.
‘Apologize Now or continue to spread these conspiracies and we will be sure to make the next 2 years of your life not only your last in Congress but a living hell as well,’ he said.
He added they would ‘also accept your resignation in place of an apology.’
Earlier this month, Democrats voted to remove Greene from her committee duties, in part due to these remarks.
Biden on Sunday said he wants Congress to pass laws that would require background checks on all gun sales and ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
President Joe Biden on Sunday called on Congress to enact ‘common sense’ reforms to the nation’s gun laws. The president is seen above in the Oval Office on Friday
The confessed school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, who was 19 at the time, was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and fired between 100 and 150 rounds in a rampage that killed 14 students and three adult staff at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Biden said Congress must also eliminate ‘immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets.’
Cruz was able to buy the assault rifle legally, despite having known mental health problems.
Even in a country that has grown inured to mass shootings and gun violence, the Florida shooting sparked outrage across the US and prompted fresh demands for firearms control.
But with Donald Trump in the White House and the Republicans controlling the Senate at the time, legislation approved by the Democrats in the House of Representatives went nowhere.
People stand in the makeshift memorial in front of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on the third anniversary of the shooting on Sunday. The confessed school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, who was 19 at the time, was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and fired between 100 and 150 rounds in a rampage that killed 14 students and three adult staff at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said the House would try again.
‘We will enact these and other life-saving bills and deliver the progress that the Parkland community and the American people deserve and demand,’ she said in a statement.
Despite polls finding most Americans in favor of some sort of gun law reforms, successive US administrations have been powerless to pass legislation.
‘The time to act is now,’ Biden said.