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Latest self-defense advice from VP: ‘Fire the shotgun through the door’

Biden Speaks At White House Community Leaders Briefing On Seniors IssuesWhat is the best way to defend yourself and your loved ones against a real or perceived threat of bodily harm? If you thought the answer was to walk outside your house and fire a couple of warning shots in the air, you need to get with the program. That advice is simply so yesterday!

The most up-to-the-minute strategy for protecting life and limb is to “just fire” your “shotgun through the door.”

That is what Vice President Joe Biden told  Field & Stream magazine in an interview on Monday (h/t Erika Johnsen, Hot Air).

OK, in fairness, this wasn’t Biden’s prescription for just any threatening situation. The advice rather was intended for an individual interested in knowing how to handle himself in the event of Armageddon(!). Here’s the whole quote:

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.’…

Biden didn’t specify which “scholars” he was quoting, but never mind. Once again, the vice president of the United States is recommending in a public forum that citizens pull an Oscar Pistorius. The runner claims he feared an intruder was in his home when he blindly squeeze off a couple rounds at a closed door, instead killing his girlfriend.

Experts in South Africa are in agreement that what Pistorius did, even if his account is truthful, violates basic rules of firearm use. It’s hard to imagine that similar laws don’t obtain in the U.S.

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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, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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