Just how many shotguns has Vice President Joe Biden sold since being named to lead the White House’s task force on gun violence? During a Google+ “fireside chat” in January, Biden advised a questioner to buy a shotgun and some shells to keep people away following a natural disaster like an earthquake, where shifting tectonic plates would make an AR-15 too difficult to aim.

As if to prove he wasn’t just drunk, Biden repeated the advice during a Facebook chat, telling a woman a shotgun would be easier to aim, but never mind aiming: two blasts into the air would deter any intruder. Still not convinced you need a shotgun? Biden sat down with Field and Stream’s Anthony Licata to talk firearms and repeated his claim from the Google+ chat. “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 recounted.

Good advice, right?


The full interview is well worth reading, but it still leaves some important questions unanswered.