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Joe Biden promotes shotguns for self-defense

by Peter Grier,  |  published on February 21, 2013

Joe Biden is getting a lot of attention today for suggesting that homeowners interested in protecting themselves with firearms buy a shotgun instead of a semi-automatic assault rifle. Was his comment off base?

Gun-control advocates aren’t happy that the vice president of the US – who’s supposed to be pushing the administration’s gun plan – wandered off the reservation and appeared to back ammo-based home defense. Gun-rights people charge that Mr. Biden is offering an uninformed choice that smacks of government intervention.

“Nice of Joe to take it upon himself to decide what others do and don’t to protect himself,” wrote conservative commentator Michelle Malkin today on her eponymous website.

How did this all start? During an online Facebook town-hall forum hosted by Parents Magazine, VP Biden fielded a question from “Kate” to the effect that if assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are banned, will “law abiding citizens … then become more of a target to criminals?”

Biden was already off-put, since the previous question had focused on drug legalization. Perhaps the forum administrators weren’t filtering reader submissions in quite the manner he’d expected?

“Is this Parents Magazine?… I have Parents Magazine in my home, I’ve never heard anybody in Parents Magazine ask these kinds of questions, but I’m delighted to answer them,” said the VP, according to a transcript of the event.

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