Vice President Joe Biden has been in the news a lot lately for not only his ignorance where the Second Amendment is concerned, but for the flat out stupidity of his self-defense advice. Since apparently the man doesn’t know when to shut his mouth, he’s at it again.
In an interview with Anthony Licata from Field & Stream a couple days ago, our esteemed Vice President once again disseminated self-defense advice, and it was no less atrocious than last time. Here’s a partial transcript, emphasis added.
F&S:Â What about the other uses, for self-defense and target practice?
V.P. BIDEN:Â Well, the way in which we measure it isâ€”I think most scholars would sayâ€”is that as long as you have a weapon sufficient to be able to provide your self-defense. I did one of these town-hall meetings on the Internet and one guy said, â€œWell, what happens when the end days come? What happens when thereâ€™s the earthquake? I live in California, and I have to protect myself.â€
I said, â€œWell, you know, my 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.â€ 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. We can argue whether thatâ€™s true or not, but it is no argument that, for example, a shotgun could do the same job of protecting you. Now, granted, you can come back and say, â€œWell, a machine gun could do a better job of protecting me.â€ No oneâ€™s arguing we should make machine guns legal.
You just can’t make this stuff up. Mr. Biden has now recommended firing warning shots into the air, and firing through the door at a potential intruder.
Prediction: he will next advise people that they really don’t even need to load their shotgun, since the sound of racking the slide alone will scare off the bad guy.
You can read the entire interview here if you can stomach it.