Say it ain’t so, Joe!


I had some fun at the Vice President’s expense last week, after he said a double-barrel shotgun was better than an AR for home defense, (see Stand your Ground with a double-barrel shotgun).

As a matter of fact, a lot of gunwriters had fun at the Vice President’s expense…

Now, however, the Vice President has doubled-down on his earlier comments, and added a bit more advice – advice that’s very, very dangerous.

In an interview with Field and Stream, Vice President Biden recommended shooting through a closed door, with a shotgun of course, to keep intruders out of your home.

Here’s an excerpt:

F&S: What about the other uses, for self-defense and target practice?

BIDEN: 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.” Most people can handle a shotgun a hell of a lot better than they can a semi-automatic weapon in terms of both their aim and in terms of their ability to deter people coming. We can argue whether that’s true or not, but it is no argument that, for example, a shotgun could do the same job of protecting you. Now, granted, you can come back and say, “Well, a machine gun could do a better job of protecting me.” No one’s arguing we should make machine guns legal.

As I said in my earlier story, I have nothing but respect for the Vice President’s political skills, but he’s certainly not a firearms trainer, and his advice is tactically unsound.

Imagine a homeowner’s plight after they discharge two loads of 12 gauge buck through their front door, only to find their spouse, who had run out to get milk or cigarettes, laying in a pool of their own blood.

Imagine finding your drunken neighbor dying of gunshot wounds on your doorstep, after he mistakenly thought he was trying to open his own front door, or a kid playing a prank, or a FEDEX driver, the mailman, a teenage son or daughter sneaking back into the house, or about a thousand other plausible scenarios…

Unless you’re blessed with x-ray vision, don’t shoot through doors – period. It’s bad advice. It doesn’t work at the Vice President’s home in Greenville, Delaware or in Sarasota, Florida.


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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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