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Joe Biden's tip for self-defense: Get a shotgun

Vice President Joe Biden followed by his daughter Ashley Biden, arrives on Air Force Two at Lexington Blue Grass Airport, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, in Lexington, Ky.

Vice President Joe Biden followed by his daughter Ashley Biden, arrives on Air Force Two at Lexington Blue Grass Airport, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, in Lexington, Ky.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's advice for self-defense: Buy a shotgun, not an assault rifle.

Biden, who is spearheading a push for President Barack Obama's gun control proposals, dispensed this off-the-cuff tip for protecting life and property during an online question-and-answer session on Facebook on Tuesday.

The vice president has not one but two shotguns that he says he keeps in a locked cabinet at his house in his home state of Delaware, and he has given his wife, Jill, explicit instructions on how to deal with any would-be intruder.

"We live in an area that's wooded and secluded," Biden said. "I said, Jill, if there's ever a problem just walk out on the balcony here ... put that double-barreled shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house."

"I promise you whoever's coming in is not gonna," Biden said. "You don't need an AR-15 (assault rifle). It's harder to aim. It's harder to use and in fact you don't need 30 rounds to protect yourself."

"Buy a shotgun," he said, lowering his voice almost to whisper.

The vice president, who is known for sometimes telling long, personal stories in his public appearances, is pushing Obama's plan for curbing gun violence following the December school shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

But some of the proposals, including a ban on the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, have run into stiff opposition from the influential U.S. gun lobby and their advocates on Capitol Hill.

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mr_nobody 1 year, 6 months ago

"We live in an area that's wooded and secluded," Biden said. "I said, Jill, if there's ever a problem just walk out on the balcony here ... put that double-barreled shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house."

Glad to see that the second in command of the United States is advocating proper firearm usage. Mr. Biden obviously wants to get his wife killed.

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B4it 1 year, 6 months ago

How this guy continues to be in the VP position will be a topic of debate for years to come.

Someone should ask Biden, which gun he would prefer to have, a double barrell shotgun or an AR15, or which type of gun his secret service agents should have, if there was an angry mob attacking his house? Anyone with knowledge of weapons would not pick a double barrell shotgun. Just because he may not want an AR15, does not mean law abiding citizens should not be able to own one.

Maybe we should recommend he does not need to live in a big house in the woods. That may be deemed excessive living to others and "is not needed" (similar to his comments about not needing an AR15 with 30 rounds of ammo).

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ilovealbany 1 year, 6 months ago

what a counterintuitve babbling idiot...he just proved what all pro-gun people have been saying..."Assualt Weapons" are not the guns used in the vast majority of crimes or are they the weapon of choice for most criminals for some of the exact reasons he has given. I would also imagine it is not legal to fire warning shots in Delaware (I could be wrong), but this is not legal in most areas. If this is the kind of speech and dialect he is using to try to convince congress to put in stronger gun control, I DON"T THINK WE HAVE ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT!!!

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B4it 1 year, 6 months ago

ilovealbany....Normally I would agree with your last sentence. However, there seems to be just as many in the Democratic Congress who lack the same "critical thinking" skills as Biden (e.g. Boxer, Feinstein, Schumer, Pilosi, etc., and even the Pres himself).

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OlDad2055 1 year, 6 months ago

I would be surprised if she actually did something like that. Probably, she would be shot by the security detail surrounding her home. Having said that, a shotgun, especially a pump, makes one of the scariest sounds imaginable when a shell is 'racked' into the chamber.

Still... The VP's preference should not dictate what they rest of us are 'allowed'.

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RedEric 1 year, 6 months ago

A pump 12 ga. Pump with slug barrel and magazine extension with#4 shot up top followed by #4 buck. Can Biden really be as stupid as he seems? How do people like this get elected. Then I read today about a woman in Ohio who voted 6 times. Another woman said she didn't know it was illegal to vote more than once. OK, so that is how they get elected.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 6 months ago

I love it!! This guy says the dumbest things at the worst time. He's Obama's comic relief.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 6 months ago

Ah. leave him alone. It's just ham. Jill Biden is surrounded by SS. The pump is the best gun hands down. Imagine yourself as a late night cat burglar. A bright moon, gentle wind, a house with a lot of silver. A room over the garage with a winow unlocked which you've espied while cleaning the gutters. You wait until that night when all the cars are gone. No lights in the front only the faint light from somewhere deep within which you have seen on your surveillance. The sterling candelabras are on the dining table and hutch. The vermillion goblets sit next to the chargers with the silver service all witnessing to the madame's taste and the hump's success. The alarm system is thwarted with two alligator clips, a strand of wire and a magnet. So you ease up the strong copper drain and push open the window gently, oh so gently. A bead of sweat runs down your nose and you taste the salt as you lick it off. Gently, the window goes up as your heart races only slightly because you have done this so many times before. But the excitement of the moment intensifies your awareness, your hearing becomes so keen and you glare into the darkness as you slither across the window seal congratulating yourself on your achievement. And then the awakening, the sound of the breach, metal joints opening and then slamming into place and the voice, commanding you to "freeze, sumbitch or I'll blow you to kingdom come." And then sheepishly, squeamishly, the squirting sound comes and you hear, " Jeez, what the hey! Gittup and go in there and clean yusself up. I'm calling the cops."

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FryarTuk 1 year, 6 months ago

One thing you got to congratulate ole Joe Biden on, he's caught himself a fox. Jill Biden is a doll.

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