Texas Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw is once again attracting attention, this time after appearing to suggest he lends his handgun to friends who can’t pass a background check – or at least haven’t bothered to try.
Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, posted a news story about a woman who fought off five people who allegedly attempted to rob her – she was armed and shot at least one of the suspected thieves.
“Situations like this story are why we protect the 2nd Amendment,” the Republican lawmaker tweeted.
“Side note,” he added. “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.”
That last statement raised some eyebrows and drew the attention of many, including journalist Soledad O’Brien.
Dan loans his guns to friends who wouldn’t pass a background check?? What?? https://t.co/W5UgtiSrvv
— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) September 4, 2019
Conservative wrier David Frum noted how Crenshaw “could face civil liability or even criminal liability”:
Theoretically, Crenshaw could face civil liability or even criminal liability if his friend misused the gun. In practice, though, states usually shrug off even the most extreme owner negligence as part of the price of freedom https://t.co/kf7UafIYfb https://t.co/sSdY8KHERM
— David Frum (@davidfrum) September 4, 2019
Pointing to one of the recent Texas mass shootings, this Twitter user seemed to sum up the situation perfectly:
Dan Crenshaw admitting that he loans his guns to friends who can’t pass background checks is a pretty crazy thing to admit the day after we learned that the Odessa shooter got his gun from a private purchase without a background check. https://t.co/bWKYicpmuC
— Austin Swafford ❤ (@Astros290) September 4, 2019
Here’s how others are responding to Crenshaw’s disturbing comments:
the loudest tough guys are driven by insane levels of fear it’s so crazy https://t.co/WNnkoGQzxA
— Sean Newell (@dontforgetmac) September 4, 2019
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) September 4, 2019
We absolutely should make felons out of people who just give deadly weapons willy nilly to other people, Daniel. https://t.co/a7Yndk09xY
— Tyler Hibbard (@Tyler_Hibbard) September 4, 2019
maybe you shouldn’t be letting your friends BORROW YOUR GUNS are you fucking insane https://t.co/tpBVMsqKzY
— David Webber (@davidpwebber21) September 4, 2019
love 2 loan out weapons 2 my friends who wouldn’t pass a background check https://t.co/aMNOTHQ8ag
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) September 4, 2019
Sooo Dan’s “friends” wouldn’t be able to pass a universal background check to get their own guns 🤔 And now Dan is upset that he won’t be able to loan his guns to someone who shouldn’t have one🤔 Am I reading this shit right? https://t.co/PkDo1hEv6S
— NazisSuck (@SuckNazis) September 4, 2019
This Idiot thinks gun libraries are a good idea https://t.co/mwmrQn151M
— The Idiot Finder (@TheIdiotFinder1) September 4, 2019
You really are careless with weapons of death aren’t you. https://t.co/Js4iMQX6Dw
— | KinTX 🇺🇸 | (@loudonkleer) September 4, 2019
.@dancrenshawtx is opposing background cks on all gun sales – in the wake of the #Odessa shooting – so he can loan his gun to friends. Rep Crenshaw, this is dramatically insensitive to gun violence victims & survivors around the US. Shame on you. @momsdemand @shannonrwatts https://t.co/Wzy27xDjEQ
— janeFx (@moderatemama) September 4, 2019
#Texas, it’s time to dump Dan Crenshaw.
The man clearly has no respect for the laws of our nation, or the laws of Texas.
He wants to loan his guns to people who can’t pass background checks.
That’s grossly irresponsible, and just plain SICK.#DumpDan #BackgroundChecks https://t.co/Rt3vVmZEEQ
— Daphne Vanity-Walls-Are-Easily-Breached Shepherd (@antifashyst) September 4, 2019
This is such a good argument for needing insurance and registration for a gun.
Again, Dan might be the dumbest member of Congress. https://t.co/cSSvmeDCiM
— Alex – IMPEACH NOW – Singer (@AlexCSinger16) September 4, 2019
Are you implying you have lent firearms to people who, for whatever reason, do not possess their own and are likely unlicensed? Isnt that a crime, even in Texas? https://t.co/KLznCqOhq5
— Zach 🇭🇰 (@14thstreetblues) September 4, 2019
Politics aside, this is one of the worst self-owns I have ever seen on this website. It’s almost unbelievable. https://t.co/zzUSyqD36e
— Jesse Marshall (@jmarshfof) September 4, 2019
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4 Dead and 4 Injured With 2 ‘Shot in the Back of the Head’ in Second Chicago Mass Shooting in Four Days
Four people were shot to death and another four people were injured in the second mass shooting in Chicago in four days. Two of the injured were “shot in the back of the head,” according to WTTW.
Citing police, the report says “shots were fired following an argument. The shooting occurred at roughly 5:42 a.m. and four victims were pronounced dead at the scene.”
“This is the second mass shooting Chicago has seen in the last four days” ABC affiliate WLS adds. “A 29-year-old mother of three was killed in a Chatham shooting that left nine others hurt on Saturday morning.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot “blamed illegal guns for the mass shooting, and said the city needs federal help to help stem the flow of violence. Lightfoot said the White House reached out early Tuesday to offer assistance.”
According to the Gun Violence Archive there have been 275 mass shootings this year. 19,920 people have been killed by guns this year, including by suicide.
This is a breaking news and developing story.
‘Guns Apocalypse’: Legal Experts Deliver Warnings After Supreme Court Decides to Take Up Big Second Amendment Case
Could Make It ‘Easier to Have a Gun Than a Car’
Legal experts are issuing warnings after the U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will take up a major Second Amendment case, its first in a decade – and warning of a “guns apocalypse” given the extremely conservative makeup of the Court.
“This case is likely to pave the way to the Supreme Court declaring a constitutional right to concealed public carry, overriding many state and local restrictions on the ability to bear concealed arms in public,” Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern writes.
In theory what that might mean is not only an explosion of people carrying guns, but people carrying guns that you cannot see – until it’s too late. It quite literally is the Republican Party’s dream.
Vox’s Ian Millhiser warns “The Supreme Court guns apocalypse is now upon us.”
The case is New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Corlett. Millhiser says the Supreme Court’s ruling in the case, which would come in about a year from now, “could transform the judiciary’s understanding of the Second Amendment and lay waste to many of the nation’s gun laws.”
In short, he says, it “could make the NRA’s dreams come true.”
The case, as Millhiser describes it, focuses on a 108-year old New York State law that requires anyone who wants a gun to obtain a permit, and to show “proper cause,” in other words, to prove they have a need for it. Someone “who merely wants to carry a gun, because of a general belief that it would be useful if they are ever the victim of a violent crime, cannot obtain a license.”
The Second Amendment has just 27 words: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
The 6-3 “Trump Court” is more than likely to strike down the New York law.
“Indeed,” Millhiser writes, “Corlett could potentially dismantle more than a decade of judicial decisions interpreting the Second Amendment, imposing prohibitive limits on lawmakers’ ability to reduce gun violence.”
To paraphrase Oprah, “And you get a gun, and you get a gun, and you get a gun.”
Here’s what some other legal experts are saying:
Former DOJ prosecutor:
Get ready to see exactly what a 6-3 Republican stacked supreme court means in this case that will decide whether or not people have a personal right to carry a concealed weapon in the city while walking around.https://t.co/dHqdA4rWDY
— Michael J. Stern (@MichaelJStern1) April 26, 2021
Law professor, Georgia State Law:
I have a bad feeling there’s going to be some truly atrocious 14th Amendment originalism about gun ownership and Reconstruction that will irk me for the next year.
— Anthony Michael Kreis (@AnthonyMKreis) April 26, 2021
Former US Attorney, now MSNBC/NBC Legal analyst and Law Professor:
Given the views of Trump’s justices, this case likely furthers the jurisprudence of making it easier to have a gun than a car, with no training, in an environment where mass shootings frequently take lives. So, not exactly the well regulated militia the 2nd Amendment envisions. https://t.co/4cpPJ286xp
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) April 26, 2021
Slate’s Stern (quoted above), author of “American Justice 2019: The Roberts Court Arrives”:
Just last month, the conservative Judge Jay Bybee penned an extraordinary 127-page opinion canvassing the history of firearm laws and concluding that there is plainly no constitutional rights to public carry. Do not expect his view to prevail at SCOTUS. https://t.co/SuPl6w2tj3
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) April 26, 2021
Attorney, politics and law reporter at NY’s Fox5:
Next SCOTUS term could very well include major guns, abortion, and affirmative action cases that will end with decisions revealing the true legacy of Trump’s four years in office https://t.co/yPH4FvjEKR
— Mike Sacks (@MikeSacksEsq) April 26, 2021
NRA Snuffs Out Background Checks Bill as a ‘Non-Starter’ – and Falsely Claims Its ‘5 Million’ Members Agree
On the same day a group dedicated to protecting children from gun violence released a difficult-to-watch viral video, the top gun lobby group issued a statement insisting universal background checks legislation is a “non-starter.” The NRA also falsely claimed its “5 million members” oppose background checks too.
“This missive is a non-starter with the NRA and our 5 million members because it burdens law-abiding gun owners while ignoring what actually matters: fixing the broken mental health system and the prosecution of violent criminals,” Jason Ouimet, the executive director of the NRA’s activist arm, the Institute for Legislative Action, said, according to Politico.
The “missive” is a draft of a gun background check proposal the White House has begun circulating among lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
While House Democrats have sent several gun control and background check bills to the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has totally deferred to President Trump, as if he were the Senate Majority Leader. In fact, McConnell says he will not even consider any legislation until President Trump gives it his blessing.
Despite that President Trump more than a month ago promised America he would sign a background check bill, as usual he caved when the NRA came calling. He then started claiming – falsely – that mental health, not easy access to guns, is the real problem.
The NRA has the exact same position, as they noted today.
Meanwhile, polls show that “83 percent of gun owners support expanded background checks on sales of all firearms, including 72 percent of all NRA members.”
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