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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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.”
Tomi Lahren Warns Americans Will ‘Be Armed and Ready’ in Case They Need to Shoot Immigrants: ‘Who Knows Who’s Coming In?’
The day after Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke told Americans, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15,” Tomi Lahren warned Americans will be armed to protect themselves from immigrants. The Fox Nation host suggested Americans may have to shoot immigrants to “protect” themselves, as Media Matters reports.
Lahren made her remarks on sister network Fox Business, in an insane segment that included host Stuart Varney’s false claim that America is “the only country in the world where armed citizens are allowed.” 175 countries around the world allow their citizens to be armed, and three explicitly do so in their constitutions.
After telling viewers that “you can’t depend on the government to protect you at all times,” Lahren insisted the “government is going to fail you.”
Having a firearm “is your right, your right to protect and defend yourself and your family,” she added.
“And all the things the Democrats want to put in place — my goodness, if they want to open our borders, you better be sure the people in Texas, the people in South Dakota, the people in the middle of this country, we are going to be armed and ready, because we have to have a means to defend ourselves from — who knows who’s coming in? That’s the thing, we don’t know, and we have to be able to protect ourselves.”
Democrats are not advocating for “open borders.”
Fox host Tomi Lahren suggests that Americans may need to shoot immigrants: “We are going to be armed and ready, because we have to have a means to defend ourselves from — who knows who’s coming in?” pic.twitter.com/W5NckY8YhU
— Media Matters (@mmfa) September 13, 2019
Stop ‘Gun Grabber’ Mark Kelly ‘Dead in His Tracks’ Urges Arizona GOP Party Chair
Democrat Mark Kelly is literally being targeted by the chair of the Arizona Republican Party, Kelli Ward, an avid supporter of President Donald Trump. Kelly is husband to former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who nearly lost her life when she was shot by a madman in the head in an assassination attempt as she was beginning a 2011 constituents’ meet and greet outside a local supermarket. Six people died in that massacre, and another dozen were wounded.
Kelly, a famous former NASA astronaut and former U.S. Navy captain, is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Martha McSally, who beat Ward in the primaries. The seat previously was held by Republican Senator John McCain, who died on August 25, 2018.
“Support the Republican Party of Arizona today and, together, we’ll stop gun-grabber Mark Kelly dead in his tracks,” Ward wrote in a fundraising email according to Bloomberg News, HuffPost, and The Hill.
Kelly and Giffords together started Giffords, a non-profit focused on reducing gun violence.
Refusing to apologize, Ward actually took to Twitter to double-down:
Utterly ridiculous! I don’t wish harm on Mr. Kelly. We disagree politically on the Constitution and the #2a, and I’m well aware of the harm his policies would cause should he ever be elected. Dishonest stories like this are dangerous and irresponsible! https://t.co/8wfU8QQtSO
— Dr. Kelli Ward 🇺🇸 (@kelliwardaz) September 6, 2019
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