Actually, this could be criminal. If someone told you it was perfectly acceptable to fire a round through a door at a target you had not identified, how do you think that would go over?
More Vice President Joe Biden advice on self-defense strategies. First it was warning shots for the heck of it, and now we have the guy suggesting this? While on the discussion of modern sport rifles…
F&S: What about the other uses, for self-defense and target practice?
V.P. BIDEN: Well, the way in which we measure it is—I think most scholars would say—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, “Well, what happens when the end days come? What happens when there’s the earthquake? I live in California, and I have to protect myself.”
I said, “Well, 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.” 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 that’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, “Well, a machine gun could do a better job of protecting me.” No one’s arguing we should make machine guns legal.
Actually in many US states, machine guns are legal. An extensive federal background check and fees are required, but you can certainly purchase a previously owned machine gun, just not a new one from a manufacture. They are very expensive, and yet with all of their purported firepower, they are rarely if ever used in a crime.
But that’s just one thing Biden got totally wrong. His argument that most people can handle a shotgun better than a semi-automatic weapon is complete fallacy. He’s wrong, dead wrong. It totally depends on the person and if you still don’t get it, maybe Biden should ask why law enforcement are moving to patrol rifles from shotguns? Different situations require different tools.
Then to top it all off by suggesting people shoot through doors before they identify the target? And who are these “scholars” he’s referring to?
As a reminder…
- Guns are always loaded.
- Never let the muzzle point at anything you are not willing to destroy.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
- Be sure of your target and what is in front of and beyond it.