Joe Biden, the man running the White House’s gun violence task force, must have been genuinely inspired by the Costco clerk who tried to upsell him a set of tires. During today’s online “fireside chat” on guns, Biden tried to convince viewers they didn’t really want that “assault rifle” after all — what they really want when everything goes to hell is a shotgun.
Biden: A double-barrel shotgun would keep you a lot safer than an assault weapon – makes gun pantomime
— Alex Fitzpatrick (@AlexJamesFitz) January 24, 2013
It was a bizarre turn in the national conversation on guns; at least, it might have been considered bizarre if the suggestion had come from anyone but Biden, but this is just another case of Joe Being Joe™. We suppose it’s progress in a sense, in that a gun control advocate admitted a firearm might have a legitimate use outside of hunting and target shooting. You can use a gun to keep scavenging mobs away, but you won’t have a chance of getting off a clean shot with an AR-15 if the ground is shaking.
Here's Joe Biden's post-earthquake shotgun quote: http://t.co/smTYHEB7
— andrew kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) January 24, 2013
Never really thought about it but I guess I DO want to keep people away in an earthquake
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) January 24, 2013
According to the Oh-So-Wise Joe Biden, a shotgun is easier to use and aim with than an assault weapon… #YoureDrunkJoe
— John E. Christianson (@johnnyc1952) January 24, 2013
Oh, and FYI… Per VP Joe Biden, Shotguns are easier to shoot people with, you know http://t.co/yEG2NjTi
— Jessica James (@JessicaSJames) January 24, 2013
Another Biden blooper? In gun control forum, he says "buy a shotgun if you want to feel safe" http://t.co/BNGT51MX
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) January 24, 2013
— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) January 24, 2013
That would make a good ad. Will there be a run on shotguns before the supply dries up?