Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wonders 'Why on Earth' Texas Republican Would Lend Guns to Friends Who Can't Pass Background Check

Texas Representative Dan Crenshaw has been criticized for suggesting that he would let his friends borrow his firearms in a recent social media post arguing against universal background checks.

Crenshaw's comments came in the wake of a shooting in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday. A woman shot and wounded a man who reached into her car and tried to grab her purse. She told a local ABC affiliate that she only had two rounds in the gun and "shot until I couldn't shoot anymore."

"Situations like this story are why we protect the 2nd Amendment," Crenshaw tweeted. He added that if universal background check legislation was passed, it would block his ability to "let my friends borrow my handgun when they travel alone like this."

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Crenshaw's post with a tweet of her own, arguing that a member of Congress shouldn't be "lending guns to people unsupervised who can't pass a basic background check."

"Why on earth would you do that?" Ocasio-Cortez added.

You are a member of Congress. Why are you “lending” guns to people unsupervised who can’t pass a basic background check?

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?

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 4, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez wasn't the only one criticizing Crenshaw's post. Shannon Watts, founder of the gun control group Moms Demand Action, slammed him for not wanting "to require background checks on unlicensed gun sales because it could prevent him from loaning his handgun to traveling friends who can't pass background checks."

Others noted that letting someone borrow your gun may present legal issues. While state laws vary on the issue, federal law only allows someone to lend a firearm to another person if that individual is not prohibited from buying or owning a gun on their own.

Crenshaw has been a staunch opponent of gun control legislation, even in the wake of several mass shootings in his home state of Texas.

On August 31, a gunman opened fire with an AR-14-style rifle during a routine traffic stop in Odessa, Texas. Seven people were killed during the attack and 22 more were injured. The suspected shooter once failed a previous background check and did not go through a background check when he bought the gun used during the rampage, according to Governor Greg Abbott.

Crenshaw claimed that the Odessa attack was "the first mass shooting where a universal background check *possibly* would have prevented him from having a gun." But he added that "we don't make sweeping policy on one situation."

The Odessa tragedy was the state's second mass shooting in one month. A shooting at a Walmart in El Paso on August 3 left 22 people dead and dozens more injured. The suspected gunman said he was targeting immigrants and the Hispanic community. The case is being investigated by authorities as a potential hate crime.

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Representative Dan Crenshaw, a Republican from Texas, listens during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Anna Moneymaker/Bloomberg via Getty Images