Now we know why nobody messes with Joe:
Most of you have probably already seen this, but what the heck. It makes a great Friday afternoon palate cleanser.
Here’s the vice president of the United States encouraging you to go on out and get yourself a 12-gauge, just like the one he’s got. Why? Because it’s easier to aim and use than an AR-15, which … I’m pretty sure isn’t true, but whatever. Just buy a shotgun. Buy a shotgun. That way, if ever you snap and head off on a killing spree, the death toll will be limited. Unless you bring a bag of shells with you and reload quickly, I guess. In which case, who knows?
Rob Wiltbank, a gun rights advocate who founded Delaware Open Carry in 2008, told U.S. News he agrees with the vice president that a shotgun would be good for home protection, but he was also troubled by the hypothetical.
“It would be incredibly irresponsible of a gun owner to blindly discharge a firearm into the air,” said Wiltbank. “What goes up, must come down and this specific behavior has been the cause of many negligent homicides over the years.”
Tom Shellenberger, a lawyer who serves as a spokesman for the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association, told U.S. News that Biden’s security tip was “the worst type of advice.”
It also ignores another key legal fact that people who study to carry weapons learn immediately, which is that one cannot use deadly force to protect property. Self-defense in homicides only apply when there is a reasonable belief that one’s life is in imminent danger (or that of another):
Garey said that under Biden’s scenario, Jill Biden could be charged with aggravated menacing, a felony, and reckless endangering in the first degree.
“You cannot use deadly force to protect property” in Delaware, added Garey.
“It is not uncommon” for people to be charged with crimes under similar circumstances, he said. “I’ve seen cases where lawful citizens have used guns outside their homes and they end up arrested.”
Besides, it’s also tactically stupid:
“Beyond the potential criminal liability, it is simply bad advice,” added Shellenberger. “Not only does blasting blindly away put innocent persons at risk, it also tells the bad guys where you are and that you are armed. In most circumstances, it might be better if that comes as a surprise to the bad guys.”
Before we address this, don’t the VP and Mrs. Biden have Secret Service protection? Won’t they continue to have it long after they leave office? Exactly who does he think Jill will be shooting at? I have to confess, however that the image of the lovely Mrs. Biden emptying shotgun barrels left and right like some sort of terrestrial Ripley from Aliens won’t leave my mind.
But pressing on.
A gun enthusiast I know cites another objection: shotguns are deafening. Literally. Yes, it will riddle with holes anything in front of you (and to both sides), but its blast may be the last sound you ever hear.
Anyway, ask this guy how hard it was to shoot an AR-15:
Though he did miss…. But if he had followed Biden’s advice, no one would survived, including the employees.