Dan Crenshaw is bummed he might not be able to lend friends his guns

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Many conservative arguments about reforming America’s gun laws hinge on describing unlikely scenarios and declaring them indicative of how any action on gun laws could wreck a functioning society.

“My 83-year-old grandfather once used a shotgun to protect himself against a home invader in 1961 and if Democrats banned guns today, what’s stopping them from using a time machine to confiscate his weapon days before and have the Dutch Marina he wore in Korea stripped off his wrist?”

On Wednesday, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (D-Texas) likewise flagged a woman who stopped attackers with a weapon—a scenario right-wingers love to point to—and wondered what would happen if universal background checks actually passed the Senate.

“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,” he tweeted.

Critics on Twitter pushed back at Crenshaw and argued that the lax nature of American gun laws is a bigger problem than whether he can lend out his guns to friends.

Even Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) blasted Crenshaw, asking if he checked with any of his friends about their status to own a handgun.

Crenshaw himself might want to take a look at federal law, which allows a temporary transfer of a gun for “sporting” use, but does not carve out an exemption for friends’ solo “travel.”


David Covucci

David Covucci

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