AOC, Texas Rep. Crenshaw duel over background checks: ‘Why are you “lending” guns to people unsupervised?’ Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Wednesday called out a Republican congressman ,
Who complained that implementing stricter gun laws would prevent him from letting friends borrow his handgun. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, shared on Twitter a local news report about a woman who police ,
Say shot and wounded a suspected robber who reached for her purse. “Situations like this story are why we protect the 2nd Amendment,” Crenshaw tweeted, adding: “Side note: With universal background checks, I wouldn’t be able to let my friends borrow my handgun when they travel alone like this.
We would make felons out of people just for defending themselves.”Texas law allows private gun owners to sell or lend a handgun to anyone who is over the age of 18 and not a felon.
The state does not require background checks for private sales of firearms.“You are a member of Congress,” Ocasio-Cortez responded in a tweet. “Why are you ‘lending’ guns to people unsupervised who can’t pass a basic background check?”
“The people you’re giving a gun to have likely abused their spouse or have a violent criminal record, [and] you may not know it,” she added. “Why on earth would you do that?”
“Seriously that’s your argument? That they can’t pass a background check? Wrong. People lend guns to friends, esp if they don’t own a gun, for self-defense and hunting purposes. This is America outside NYC.”
Their Twitter spat comes amid a push by Democrats and some Republicans to reform U.S. gun laws in the wake of a string of deadly mass shootings, including two in Crenshaw’s home state.On Saturday, seven people were killed and more than 20 others wounded in a shooting rampage near Odessa, Texas