Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez traded Twitter shots with fellow first-term Rep. Dan Crenshaw on Wednesday, questioning whether he had lost his marbles after he complained universal background checks would prevent him from lending guns to his buddies.
Ocasio-Cortez’s sharp criticism came in response to a post from the Texas Republican, in which he lamented the prospect of mandatory background checks on all firearm purchases because he wouldn’t “be able to let my friends borrow my handgun when they travel alone."
“You are a member of Congress. Why are you ‘lending’ guns to people unsupervised who can’t pass a basic background check?” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted at Crenshaw. “The people you’re giving a gun to have likely abused their spouse or have a violent criminal record, and you may not know it. Why on earth would you do that?”
Crenshaw didn’t take kindly to Ocasio-Cortez’s jab and accused the Bronx-born progressive of being out of touch with rural Americans.
“You think my friends are domestic abusers/criminals? Seriously that’s your argument? That they can’t pass a background check? Wrong,” Crenshaw fired. “People lend guns to friends, especially if they don’t own a gun, for self-defense and hunting purposes. This is America outside NYC.”
But Ocasio-Cortez didn’t yield and flashed her Empire State bonafides to bolster her case.
“You said with universal background checks, you wouldn’t be able to ‘lend’ guns to friends. If a background check would be a problem, then you shouldn’t ‘lend’ a gun,” Ocasio-Cortez posted. “And btw, NY is one of the safest states in the country when it comes to guns, including rural areas. Try to keep up.”
Crenshaw did not immediately respond to the congresswoman’s pushback. The Lone Star State lawmaker did not return a request for comment from the Daily News.
Democrats are putting pressure on Republicans to split with the National Rifle Association and back gun control legislation like a universal background check bill passed by the House, arguing such measures would save hundreds of lives.
But GOP leaders have given little indication that they will cave, although Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a recent interview that he would put the background check bill on the floor as long as President Trump would commit to signing it. However, Trump — who has benefited massively from NRA cash — has not done so.
Crenshaw, meanwhile, claimed in a tweet before his brawl with Ocasio-Cortez that universal background checks wouldn’t make a difference despite non-partisan studies saying otherwise.
“We don’t make sweeping policy on one situation,” Crenshaw tweeted, referring to last weekend’s shooting in Odessa, Texas.
The suspect in the Odessa massacre used a gun he had bought privately without going through a background check after failing a background check at a registered weapons dealer, according to authorities. Seven people died and dozens more were wounded in the mass shooting.