EXCLUSIVE: A Shotgun Approach
“If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barreled shotgun,” Vice President Joe Biden, Obama’s Gun Control Task Force point man, advised a woman who’d asked him a question on a Parents Magazine-sponsored online Q&A.
“Do you believe that banning certain weapons and high-capacity magazines will mean that law-abiding citizens will then become more of a target to criminals as we will have no way to sufficiently protect ourselves?” Kate Ernest asked, eliciting the VP’s response.
“As I told my wife, we live in an area that’s wooded and somewhat secluded, I said, ‘Jill, if there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony, put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house,’” Biden related. “I promise you who’s ever coming in is not gonna … you don’t need an AR-15. 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. Buy a shotgun.”
Aside from being “some of the poorest advice he could give anyone,” and citing examples such as putting yourself “in plain sight,” expending both your rounds and making yourself a “sitting duck” for an unknown number of assailants, Ernest told Megyn Kelly of Fox News, “it comes off a little sexist.”
It comes off as more than that. Aside from violating Col. Cooper’s cardinal rules of gun safety, a sergeant for the Wilmington, Delaware, police, where the Biden’s maintain their private residence, told U.S. News no one may fire guns in the city unless their lives are threatened. A defense attorney added that if Biden’s wife followed his advice, she “could be charged with aggravated menacing, a felony, and reckless endangering in the first degree.”
Determined to outdo himself in an interview with Field & Stream released a few days later, Biden claimed “[M]y shotgun will do better for you than your AR-15, because you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door. Most people can handle a shotgun a hell of a lot better than they can a semiautomatic weapon in terms of both their aim and in terms of their ability to deter people coming.”
“Biden did not bother mentioning that shooting through an exterior door at someone outside your house would be illegal in many, if not all, states … even those with Castle Doctrine laws,” writer AWR Hawkins wrote on Breitbart.com
That proved to be the case for “a 22-year-old man [who] found himself facing a summons after he told officers he fired his shotgun [at suspects through his bedroom door]” NBC’s Virginia Beach affiliate reported. Fortunately, for all parties concerned, no one was injured or killed.
“Now, granted, you can come back and say, ‘Well, a machine gun could do a better job of protecting me,’” Biden continued digging in the magazine interview.
Those are exactly what do protect him as he carries out his mission to disarm the rest of us, and why the odds of Jill blowing away bushes, birds, doors, neighbors and deliverymen as Joe yells encouragement from the battlements are, thankfully, remote.
By David Codrea
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