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Dan Crenshaw Issues Incredulous Reply to Ocasio-Cortez Implying His Friends Are Criminals

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Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw issued an incredulous reply Wednesday after democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York implied in a tweet that his friends are criminals.

Crenshaw had responded Tuesday to a story about a woman who fended off a pair of would-be robbers with her handgun.

Referring to calls for universal background checks in response to several recent mass shootings, Crenshaw wrote: “With universal background checks, I wouldn’t be able to let my friends borrow my handgun when they travel alone like this.”

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This tweet caught the ire of Ocasio-Cortez, who asserted Wednesday that the friends he’d be lending his handgun to are “likely” spousal abusers or violent criminals.

“The people you’re giving a gun to have likely abused their spouse or have a violent criminal record, & you may not know it,” she wrote.

Did Ocasio-Cortez go too far by implying Crenshaw's friends are criminals?

Crenshaw was not pleased, and suggested in response that Ocasio-Cortez is out of touch with the way things work outside of New York City.

The issue at hand is not that his friends can’t pass a background check, he said.

“Just so I’m clear: you think my friends are domestic abusers/criminals? Seriously that’s your argument?” Crenshaw wrote. “That they can’t pass a background check?”

He went on to explain that “People lend guns to friends, esp if they don’t own a gun, for self-defense and hunting purposes.”

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“This is America outside NYC,” he added.

As The Hill pointed out, different states have varying laws on the books when it comes to lending out firearms.

Federal law, however, makes it illegal to transfer a firearm to a person while “knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person” has been convicted of a felony punishable by more than a year behind bars, is a substance abuser, is an illegal alien, has known mental health issues, has been convicted of domestic violence or has been subject to a restraining order against an “intimate partner” or child.

Ocasio-Cortez, meanwhile, was not backing down.

“You said w/ universal background checks, you wouldn’t be able to “lend” guns to friends,” she wrote in response to Crenshaw.

“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.”

She implied in a follow-up post that if Crenshaw’s friends were domestic abusers, he might not even know it.

“Herein lies an important point abt domestic abuse: most of it is hidden. You could know an abuser & have no clue,” she wrote.

“I’ve had friends come out to me as victims. It’s not obvious. Unsafe relationships are COMMON.”

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Joe Setyon was a deputy managing editor for The Western Journal who had spent his entire professional career in editing and reporting. He previously worked in Washington, D.C., as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine.
Joe Setyon was deputy managing editor for The Western Journal with several years of copy editing and reporting experience. He graduated with a degree in communication studies from Grove City College, where he served as managing editor of the student-run newspaper. Joe previously worked as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine, a libertarian publication in Washington, D.C., where he covered politics and wrote about government waste and abuse.
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