The debate over whether flouting the Second Amendment is the best way to curb gun violence has a new, moderate spokesman. The man in question is himself a gun owner, and his position is not that assault weapons are inherently evil. Rather, it’s that they are harder to aim and use than a trusty old 12-guage. His identity? Vice President of the United States Joe Biden.
In a recorded Q & A on Tuesday with readers of “Parents” magazine, the veep shared with a young mother the advice he has imparted to his wife, Jill:
If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barred shotgun … and I promise you … if there’s ever a problem just walk out on the balcony here — walk out, put that double barrel shot gun and fire two blasts outside the house — I promise you whoever is coming in … You don’t need an AR-15, it’s harder to aim, it’s harder to use…Buy a shotgun! Buy a shotgun! [Emphasis added]
Sounds like a plan. It’s even backed by a promise. Speaking of which, how would Biden complete the thought highlighted in the above passage?
Notice that there’s also a suggestion that perhaps frail housewives are not up to the rigors of firing an AR-15. If nothing else this seems to reprise the sexist insinuation about “gals and guns” made on the floor of the Colorado State House by a Democratic congressman.
Of Biden’s recommendation, Allahpundit writes:
As goofy as it is, I think this is actually kinda sorta effective at blunting the ‘gun-grabbing’ critique liberals naturally face whenever they get itchy about ‘assault weapons.’
It also gives the White House an out. When the president is attacked for run rough-shed over the constitutionally guaranteed rights of gun owners, he can always point to the video as proof that his administration has a nuanced position on gun control. (Or he can always refer critics to the official White House photo of him shooting skeet.)
Howard Portnoy has written for HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, and The George Espenlaub Show.
More by Howard Portnoy
Don't miss out. Send us your email address, and we'll make sure you don't miss a thing.