Joe says not to be scared. Vice President Joe Biden said yesterday that Americans don’t need semi-automatic weapons to protect their houses, because a few shots from a shotgun will send away intruders.
“Buy a shotgun, buy a shotgun,” Biden told those worried about defending themselves.
Biden was addressing an online video as part of a Facebook town hall hosted by Parents Magazine on the Obama administration’s approach for reducing gun violence.
Biden said he keeps two shotguns and shells locked up at home and he’s told his wife, Jill, to use them if she needs protection. He presumably was speaking about before he became vice president, a position that gives the couple full-time Secret Service protection.
“I said, ‘Jill, if there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony … take that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house,'” Biden said. “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.”
Biden’s answer came in response to a question posted by a Facebook user about whether the administration’s proposal to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines would make law-abiding citizens more of a target of criminals since they wouldn’t have a sufficient way of protecting themselves. Biden bristled at the question, saying he’s never heard such sentiments in the pages of Parents Magazine.
“But I’m delighted to answer them,” he added quickly.
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