Like all too many of her far-right colleagues, Congresswoman and conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia is a firearm fanatic. She began her 2020 congressional campaign by cocking an assault rifle and warning "antifa" to "stay the hell out of Northwest Georgia." She's cited the Second Amendment as a potential justification for killing prominent Democrats and volunteers going door-to-door with information about the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines.
On Tuesday in Brooklyn, a gunman donning a gas mask released a smoke bomb inside a New York City subway car and opened fire, shooting at least 10 people. When the doors opened, terrified commuters raced from the smoke filled car to flee the attack. The gunman is still at large.
Without a moment's hesitation, Greene posted a tweet from her congressional Twitter account (her personal account was banned earlier this year for disinformation), accusing New York City's gun laws for allowing the chaos.
Greene suggested that if more innocent bystanders with guns were at the scene, the damage would've been minimized.
Let's examine this logic for a second.
If a gunman unleashed a cloud of blinding smoke and began opening fire, what would happen if three bystanders brandished their firearms? Would they shoot at one of their fellow bystanders? Would they be able to clearly identify their intended target? Would more bystanders get hurt?
Greene isn't known for her intellect, and her latest harebrained quip made it easy to see why.
Others cited historical shootings and their own personal experiences to explain why Greene was wrong.
Fortunately, as of the time of this writing, there were no reported fatalities.