Biden’s ‘Shotgun’ Remarks Spur Social Media Flurry

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Joe Biden meeting with NRA officials. (Courtesy CNN)

NEW YORK (CNN) — Social media lit up with reactions to Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday and his off-the-cuff remarks about fending off a would-be home intruder.

But unlike most debates on gun-control, on which Biden is leading a White House task force, the online commentary largely centered on the advice he apparently once gave his wife.

“I said, Jill, if there’s ever a problem just walk out on the balcony here … put that double-barreled shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house,” Biden said during an online question-and-answer session on Tuesday.

His comments were likely intended to underscore the position that shotguns were sufficient for self-defense, rather than high-capacity weapons like the AR-15. But they also unleashed a torrent of online reaction after conjuring up the image of Jill Biden hypothetically firing off rounds outside the vice president’s home in Delaware.

“So when the cops come to arrest me for shooting off the porch, I can tell ’em Joe said it’s ok,” wrote one online user.

“The scariest part about his whole statement is that he is encouraging people to blindly fire off rounds at unknown noises and in unknown directions,” said another.

The Obama administration has called on Congress to reinstate an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, to restrict ammunition magazines to no more than 10 rounds, and to expand background checks to anyone buying a gun.

But the White House has met stiff opposition from Congressional Republicans and the National Rifle Association, a powerful lobby group that has opposed new regulations governing firearms.

“You don’t need an AR-15,” said Biden. “It’s harder to aim. It’s harder to use. And, in fact, you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself. Buy a shotgun.”

Online commentary was mixed in response.

“An AR-15 easier to shoot than a shotgun, there’s less recoil in a .223 than a 12 gauge,” wrote one online user. “A shotgun is not for everybody. Even in smaller (gauges), the recoil is too much for many people, and buckshot isn’t nearly as precise as a rifle shot,” wrote another.

Others hailed the benefits of a shotgun because “it doesn’t need to be aimed precisely” and that “one or two shots should do the trick.”

“It’s safer than pistols re: accidents at home, especially involving children,” wrote one user. “Unfortunately, there are too many GUN NUTS out there w/vivid imaginations… who lie awake at night thinking up imaginary dangers.”

In the online chat, Biden said he does not favor constitutional amendments to adjust the Second Amendment, which is cited by both proponents of and those opposed to new gun regulations.

But, he said, the Constitution “does allow the government to conclude that there are certain types of weapons that no one can legally own.”

The limits are imposed for “public safety,” Biden said.

CNN is in the process of reaching out to Biden’s office for comment.

The Obama administration has been pressing for gun reforms since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where an AR-15-wielding gunman killed six adults and 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7.

By David Ariosto

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  • sacnewsguy

    "The Obama administration has been pressing for gun reforms since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where an AR-15-wielding gunman killed six adults and 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7."

    Ok problem here the gunman "Adam Lanza" was NOT wielding an AR-15 so get the facts straight! The AR-15 was found in the trunk and was never in play so it was never used to commit the crime! Handguns were used to commit the crime so I do not see why there is a push to ban an AR-15 since it was never used in the Sandy Hook incident! There were stricter gun laws in Connecticut that prohibited Mr Lanza from purchasing any firearms and they have a substantial waiting period and did that stop him from killing those kids and the adult staff NO! Criminals will not abide by the laws and all your doing with adding more gun restrictions is taking away a law abiding citizens right to own the tools they need to defend themselves!

    Also it shows how ignorant Biden is my telling his wife to pop off rounds in the air or in a direction of noise, that is very irresponsible and for that he nor his wife should not be allowed to own a gun PERIOD unless both of them complete a gun safety course. Does he have any idea that just popping off rounds like that is a risk to the public? Majority of gun owners are responsible with their firearms but there are some stupid gun owners out there that do stupid things. I do not believe additional gun laws and bans will reduce crime nor will it reduce gun related accidents, all it does is make it more difficult for LAW ABIDING CITIZENS to own firearms.

    Parents if you want to protect your children from gun related accidents then educate them on firearms not shelter them from it, if you teach your child about firearms and the joys of guns when used responsibly and the horror guns cause when they are used irresponsibly then majority of the time the child's curiosity is gone, I have never seen accidents to children by responsible gun owners and gun education for children, I have however seen where the irresponsibility of a gun owner has injured or killed a child and for that I say if you are an irresponsible gun owner and your negligence causes injury or death then you should be held accountable and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law! If your responsible and cause no harm then you should have the right to own your choice of firearms with no restrictions!

    I support firearm possession bans on FELONS and Domestic Violence assailants along with the mentally unstable! Those are the people you have to worry about NOT a LAW ABIDING CITIZEN!