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AOC Took A Republican Congressman To Task For Saying He Regularly Loans His Guns To Friends

Gun violence is one issue most Americans agree on. According to reports and polls, 86 percent of Americans, including 80 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of gun owners, support universal background checks on all gun purchases. However, Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw thinks universal background checks are too much because he lends his guns to friends and background check would stop that. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez turned his tweet about letting friends borrow guns into a teachable moment for the Congressman.

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw used a story of a woman defending herself to admit he lets friends borrow his guns to stay safe.

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According to the news story, a woman was being robbed by 5 men and used a gun to defend herself. In response, Rep. Crenshaw tried to use the moment to argue against universal background checks on gun purchases. Rep. Crenshaw states that he would not be able to loan out his guns to friends without accountability.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez retweeted him and questioned his friends’ inability to pass basic universal background checks.

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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez took Rep. Crenshaw’s words and posed the question, “Why are you ‘lending’ guns to people unsupervised who can’t pass a basic background check?”

Universal background checks for gun purchases have proven to lower the likelihood of violent and deadly criminal activity with firearms. With a background check, people who pose a danger to others or themselves either through mental disorders or prior felony convictions would be denied access to firearms.

There is currently a national law that all licensed gun sellers have to follow. Democratic lawmakers and citizens are pushing for a stronger law that would also require background checks at gun shows and through unlicensed dealers.

Rep. Crenshaw responded criticizing Rep. Ocasio-Cortez.

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According to Rep. Crenshaw, Rep Ocasio-Cortez labeled his friends as domestic abusers. However, if you refer to the original tweet, Rep. Crenshaw stated that he would not be able to loan out his guns because of universal background checks.

In her usual fashion, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez did not back down and drop some education on the Texas representative.

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According to 24/7 Wall St., New York ranks 48th for gun deaths in the U.S. while Texas comes in at 28th place. California is in 43rd place and Alaska is the No. 1 state for gun-related deaths. Another study by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, states with weaker gun laws, like Texas and Alaska, tend to have higher gun-related deaths.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez continued her educational series of tweets by highlighting the work by House Democrats to close the boyfriend loophole with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

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The boyfriend loophole refers to a loophole in the Lautenberg Amendment that leaves a chance for domestic abusers to purchase firearms. The amendment only stops abusers who are or were married to the victim, have a child with the victim, currently live with the victim, or are the parents of the victim from purchasing a firearm. This means that boyfriends who stalk their victims are not prevented from purchasing firearms endangering the lives of those men and women who have no legal protection.

Emily Miller, the author of “Emily Gets Her Gun: But Obama Wants to Take Yours” chimed in defending Rep. Crenshaw.

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“Emily Gets Her Gun: But Obama Wants to Take Yours” paints the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut and Aurora, Colorado as emotional manipulations to erode the rights of legal gun owners. Miller argues that the anti-gun lobby used examples of mass shootings to distort reality and go after gun owners in the U.S.

But, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was not backing down from her argument for background checks and greater gun safety and reform.

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According to the Los Angeles Police Department, there are several factors as to why women do not report domestic violence. Among the long list of reasons, one listed by the police department is that the abuser is seen as an upstanding member of the community. As such, many believe that or witness the law enforcement officers ignoring their pleas for help because of the abusers status in the community.

The public persona as a shield is something Rep. Ocasio-Cortez used to bolster her argument.

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LAPD further explains how weapons mixed with abusers can be a fatal combination.

“Where a batterer possesses weapons and has used them or has threatened to use them in the past assaults on the battered victim, the children or self, the batterer’s access to those weapons increases the potential for lethal assault,” reads the LAPD website.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez ended her thread about loaning friends guns by drawing a comparison.

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There is a reason people are licensed for various things. It is about accountability and the safety of society as a whole. By lending out guns to people, there is an increased risk of gun-related deaths and promoting the practice can have dangerous and deadly consequences.

During the debate, people responded to Rep. Crenshaw and one person shared a real-life example of the dangers of lending out guns.

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Lauren McCluskey was a track athlete at the University of Utah. Her ex-boyfriend, Melvin Rowland, borrowed the gun from his friend, Nathan Daniel Vogel. Vogel and Sarah Emily Lady had purchased the gun illegally because Lady lied on Vogel’s behalf to bypass the waiting period.

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Presidential Candidate Joe Biden Calls Out Media For Painting AOC As Representative Of Democratic Party

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Presidential Candidate Joe Biden Calls Out Media For Painting AOC As Representative Of Democratic Party

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Former Vice President and Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden answered a question about Medicare for All by pivoting blame on the media, saying AOC is “a bright, wonderful person,” but not representative of the Democratic party as a whole. “You guys got it all wrong about what happened,” Biden told journalist Mike Allen on Axios on HBO. “You sound like Trump. Fake News,” Allen pointedly responded. Initially, Biden agreed, but then went on to reframe what Trump calls “Fake News” as simply “bad judgment.” Biden claims that the media’s assertion that “AOC was the new party” were “all wrong,” and that the Democratic party and its voters are not ready to relinquish private health insurance and adopt Medicare for all. 

“Come on, man,” Joe Biden implored the journalist to see his perspective.

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In a teaser trailer for Axios on HBO’s interview with presidential candidate Joe Biden, his view on the media took center stage. In fact, journalist Mike Allen prompted Biden’s response by asking if Medicare for all is “political suicide.” Before Allen could finish his sentence, Biden interrupts to chuckle, “The party’s not there at all.” Allen asserts that “Some of your opponents are,” but Biden doesn’t bite. He continues to state, “Yeah, but the party’s not there. You know the numbers. You guys got it all wrong about what happened.”

“You sound like Trump. Fake news.” Allen posits. “I do. No, look, it’s not fake, it’s just bad judgment,” Biden responds in an attempt to differentiate the semantics around a presidential candidate attempting to discredit negative media criticism. “You all thought that what happened was the party moved extremely to the left after Hillary,” Biden added, referencing media stories that “AOC was the new party.” He goes on to add that Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is “a bright, wonderful person, but where’s the party? Come on, man.”

However, a recent Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) poll shows that “a slight majority of Americans say they favor [“Medicare-for-all”].”

CREDIT: KFF HEALTH TRACKING POLL (NOVEMBER 7-12, 2019)

The poll results, published just last month, states that “overall, a majority of Democrats and about half of independents favor a national Medicare-for-all plan while most Republicans oppose.” The only dissent boils down to misinformation about the existing proposals on the table. KFF polling found that Americans “know little about how the leading Medicare-for-all proposals would reshape the way all Americans get and pay for health care, and public support for Medicare-for-all shifts significantly when people hear arguments about potential tax increases or delays in medical tests and treatment.” 

The “what” is settled. The majority of Americans want Medicare-for-all. The “how” is still up for debate, and what Americans hope to see settled on the debate stage. The KFF polling found that Americans are more likely to support “incremental changes to expand the public health insurance program” rather than completely replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and private health insurance altogether with an entirely new proposal. The polling makes it clear that Democrats are far beyond the question of whether or not to expand public health care. They want to understand how their candidates-of-choice will expand public health care.

Biden’s top opponents, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have campaigned on Medicare-for-All.

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In fact, the same KFF poll found that Bernie Sanders’s 2016 campaign was what tilted Americans toward a majority favorability of government healthcare. “This is America. You should not go bankrupt because you’re diagnosed with a serious illness,” 2020 Democratic hopeful, Sanders, tweeted this week. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has endorsed Bernie Sanders for President, both of whom identify as Democratic Socialists. Both AOC and Sanders have a shared vision of free public college, guaranteed family leave, and free healthcare for all, often citing the successful examples of other European countries that offer those same solutions for basic human needs.

Thus far, the YouTube comments on the Axios on HBO trailer are telling. The top three comments, in order, are “Jose is the part of the party we’d like to leave behind tbh,” “Senile Grumpy Old Joe !!!!!!” and “‘you should vote for Trump’ – Joe Biden 2019.”

Most recently, AOC criticized Biden for asking Cory Booker to issue an apology for criticizing Biden’s insensitivities to Black history in the United States.

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In June, Biden shared an anecdote that was meant to attest to his political diplomacy, about how he worked with segregationist Senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge. Democratic hopeful Senator Cory Booker demanded an apology to the American people for paternalistic story during which Biden referred to Black men as “boys.” Booker’s demand for an apology has been outstanding since June 2019. “You don’t joke about calling black men ‘boys,'” Booker said. 

In response, Biden said he didn’t have a “racist bone” in his body, saying the American people and elected officials should “know better,” adding, “I’ve been involved in civil rights my whole career. Apologize for what? Cory should apologize. He knows better.” AOC took to Twitter to shoot back, “For the record, Cory Booker does *not* owe Joe Biden an apology for pointing out that waxing nostalgic about working with segregationists is insensitive. ‘He knows better?’ Really? What is ‘better?’ To stay quiet about it?”

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15 Of The Most Tragic And Outrageous Fails From 2019

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15 Of The Most Tragic And Outrageous Fails From 2019

When Swedish model Hilla Abrahamson spent her first moments of the year being drenched by a bottle of champagne:

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She really took poppin’ bottles to the extreme.

When this little boy tried to place a couple of rogue water bottles back where they belonged . . . and then this happened:

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He was just trying to be helpful!

When Space X’s Mk1 Starship failed its nitrogen pressure test:

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Just last month, SpaceX’s Starship Mk1 prototype suffered a major structural failure on its Boca Chica launchpad in South Texas. Looks like the Mk1 won’t make it to the moon (or Mars), after all.

The time someone stamped this on at least one $5 bill:

Yeah…that’s definitely not the White House. Although, let’s be real—even if it was, Trump barely even lives there. He owns a long list of properties, and until September of this year, he listed New York as his primary state of residence. Since then, his primary residence has been listed as Mar-a-Lago, Florida—not Washington, D.C.

When this person tried to get a pentagram tattoo, but ended up repping the Star of David:

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There’s nothing wrong with getting a Star of David tattoo, especially if it holds special meaning for someone. But if your aim was a pentagram . . . well, those symbols mean very different things. At least this person didn’t notice until someone broke the news to her.

Oh, and the time Ariana Grande got the kanji for “Japanese BBQ Grill”—later “Japanese BBQ Finger”—tattooed on her hand:

Poor Ari . . . it’s an honest mistake, and she’s definitely not the only person to get a badly translated tattoo. This whole ordeal was truly an epic saga for the internet, though. In case you missed it: Ariana Grande wanted to get a Japanese kanji tattoo to celebrate the release of her album Seven Rings. But when her tattoo was finished, it quickly became clear that it read “shichirin,” which means is a Japanese-style grill. Later, when she misinterpreted advice from her Japanese tutor and tried to edit the original tat, she ended up with ink that now means “Japanese BBQ finger.” Yikes.

When a street in Brooklyn was mysteriously covered in raw chicken, with no explanation:

BuzzFeed tried to investigate this bizarre occurrence, but still hasn’t come up with answers. Whether the chicken fell off a delivery truck or was placed there as experimental art . . . this was an undeniably epic fail.

When Joe Biden said he wasn’t ready to legalize marijuana, and Cory Booker responded like this:

Joe Biden’s stance on marijuana is seen as a problem by many reform advocates. Not only does the criminalization of marijuana put Black and Latino folks at a disproportionate risk of incarceration, but it can create difficulties for people who require the use of medicinal marijuana products. However, Cory Booker’s response, though it definitely drew laughs, apparently got him in trouble with his mom.

She allegedly responded like so:

“Did you really accuse the vice president of the United States of smoking marijuana on national TV? Did I raise you better than that?”

When this hamster was photographed “eating oats” and “not” engaging in illicit activities:

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Suuuuure.

The time an audience member of RuPaul’s talk show won a ticket to see Paula Abdul in Vegas and reacted like this:

Maybe this woman was uncomfortable being in the spotlight. Either way, please note how Paula is clapping. Please also note how this woman just does not react. Hilarious.

When teens were doing the #KylieJennerChallenge to the horror of dermatologists everywhere:

In response to the #KylieJennerChallenge, dermatologists warned against its dangers. Turns out treating your lips this way can not only produce immediate bruising and swelling, but it can also damage the collagen in your lips and make them even less plump in the future.

When a large, mildly-poisonous snake escaped inside the Bronx zoo:

Did they ever find it? We don’t know.

When the fortune cookie factory forgot to hire a proofreader:

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When this Twitter user almost burned down her house on Thanksgiving:

She didn’t even get to calm down with a piece of pumpkin pie! Well, better to burn the dessert than your entire house.

When Trump tried to get away with abuse of power that may end up in impeachment (oops!):

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