Ocasio-Cortez Pushes Gun-Control Bill Immediately After Synagogue Shooting


Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday used a shooting at a California synagogue that left one person dead to demand the Senate act on a gun control bill.

Three worshippers were wounded in the shooting at Chabad of Poway synagogue, authorities said.

Police have one suspect in custody, who is described as a 19-year-old male.

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“Heartbroken to hear of the San Diego synagogue shooting, particularly so on this final day of Passover,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a tweet, before pivoting to gun control.

“We have a responsibility to love + protect our neighbors,” she wrote. “The longer the Senate delays holding a vote on #HR8, the more we put Americans at risk.”

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The response was definitely mixed. Ocasio-Cortez had supporters, of course.

But plenty of social media users didn’t like Ocasio-Cortez’s take one bit.

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The legislation expands federal background checks to include private transfers and would effectively ban Americans ages 18-20 from acquiring handguns.

The Democratically controlled House passed HR8 in February.

California, where the shooting took place, recently tightened statewide gun laws.

Legislation that took effect in January raised the age for purchasing a long gun from 18 to 21.

A federal judge in March struck down a law banning firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

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