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As mass shootings continue to plague the United States, most recently in Odessa, Texas, Americans are calling for action to be taken to stem the epidemic. Among the calls to action are universal background checks, which would close federal loopholes and require background checks for private sales. While many states have laws requiring background checks for private transactions, they aren't required under federal law.

Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) wants to keep it that way. His state, which has had at least two mass shootings in 30 days, loosened gun laws the day after the Odessa shooting.

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Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) shut down freshman Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) after he mocked her plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

In January, AOC proposed a 70 percent marginal tax on income above $10 million, and polls show the public supports the idea.

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