Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw voluntarily confessed on Twitter Tuesday that he casually lends his friends his handgun when they travel alone, citing a single (unusual) case of a woman defending herself from a group of alleged robbers. He used this to argue against the widely-supported idea of universal background checks.
Situations like this story are why we protect the 2nd Amendment.— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) September 4, 2019
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. https://t.co/x60mdd1WW1
Is that, what do you call it, legal?
As the ratio got underway, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had some other important questions for her fellow congressperson.
You are a member of Congress. Why are you “lending” guns to people unsupervised who can’t pass a basic background check?— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 4, 2019
The people you’re giving a gun to have likely abused their spouse or have a violent criminal record, & you may not know it.
Why on earth would you do that? https://t.co/TQFjcLQebO
Crenshaw was very much offended at the suggestion that his friends might not be the upstanding citizens he assumes they are, even though he himself seems to suggest that his friends couldn’t pass a background check. If they really wanted a gun for a trip, the wait to pass a background check to purchase one is not that long.
Just so I’m clear: you think my friends are domestic abusers/criminals? Seriously that’s your argument? That they can’t pass a background check?— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) September 4, 2019
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. https://t.co/wkWPhfi0JB
I think we may have hit on an essential reason why the U.S. has so many more mass shootings than other Western nations. Too many Dan Crenshaws who think average Americans just hand out their guns to “friends” not responsible enough to go through the legal process of purchasing a firearm. Also, what Ocasio-Cortez said:
You said w/ universal background checks, you wouldn’t be able to “lend” guns to friends.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 4, 2019
If a background check would be a problem, then you shouldn’t “lend” a gun.
And btw, NY is one of the safest states in the country when it comes to guns, incl rural areas.
Try to keep up. https://t.co/4RV4DNg7FM
The congresswoman also pointed out that many domestic abusers commit their acts of abuse in secret and work hard to hide their actions from others, including their friends. She herself knows people who had to “come out” to her as abuse victims because their abusive partners managed to hide the situation so well.
This idea of “I know the guy, there’s no way he beats his wife” as the way we keep guns out of the hands of abusers is ridiculous.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 4, 2019
Any person who has been abused, assaulted, etc knows that abusers often present as “upstanding.”
There’s no way you’d know. That’s why it’s common. https://t.co/uuq17HT3Of
Domestic abusers can be master manipulators. Plus, domestic abuse is a HUGE indicator for gun violence.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 4, 2019
That’s why “vouching for friend” isn’t a substitute for a background check.
You wouldn’t lend a car to someone w/o a license.Why lend a gun to someone w/o a background check?
Friends don’t let friends run around with guns without the proper vetting.
Crenshaw has not yet responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s points about abusers being notoriously sneaky and the entire idea of lending guns to friends being ridiculous either way, but other people on Twitter have some thoughts about this particular feud.
Dan Crenshaw no longer randomly handing out firearms to his pals is a price I’m willing to pay. https://t.co/4fGrVdvhay— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) September 4, 2019
Dan Crenshaw: Why shouldn’t I be able to let my friends borrow my guns?— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) September 4, 2019
Women: I can think of some reasons.
Schoolchildren: Me too.
Minorities: Me too.
Literally any normal person: Me too.
Someone should probably remind Dan Crenshaw that the guns used in the Sandy Hook massacre were not purchased by the killer.— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) September 4, 2019
They were purchased by his mom. She probably trusted him as much as Dan trusts his friends with his guns. #GunReformNow https://t.co/KbPVy2Ahke
I have to admit that did not have "Dan Crenshaw handing out guns to who the fuck even knows" on my Republican Batshittery Bingo Card— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) September 4, 2019
List of Dan Crenshaw’s friends who potentially cannot pass a background check...— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) September 4, 2019
- Scott Baio
- James Woods
- Tomi Lahren in Her Chinese gun pants
- A bedazzled Swastika
- A 50 gallon bag full of shit
- Ben Shapiro
- Donald Trump Jr.
- David Duke
- An autographed bible
Thank you Dan Crenshaw for unwittingly making Americans aware that loaning a gun to a friend needs to be made a felony.— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) September 4, 2019
Meghan McCain: ”I can't live without guns!”— Adam Best (@adamcbest) September 4, 2019
Dan Crenshaw: ”I can't loan my buddies guns!”
40K Americans/year: ”I can't do anything because thanks to US gun laws I’m dead.”
Dan Crenshaw: How dare you accuse gun-owners of being irresponsible!
Also Dan Crenshaw: I give my guns to my friends and I shouldn’t have to check to see if they are allowed to own one.
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) September 4, 2019
"Hear me out: public libraries with guns instead of books" by Dan Crenshaw https://t.co/eh6n2YYBYL— Federalist PitchBot (@FederalistPitch) September 4, 2019
Take Dan Crenshaw’s guns away, specifically.