Vice President Joe Biden Addresses Gun Safety Questions in Facebook Town Hall With Parents Magazine

Vice President Joe Biden sat down with Executive Editor Michael Kress this afternoon to answer questions from Facebook users on gun safety.

In the half-hour long chat, Biden addressed questions regarding Second Amendment rights, ownership of assault weapons, gun crime, and reducing gun violence.

Biden mentioned it was not his goal to eradicate guns or gun ownership rights — he himself owns two shotguns, he said — but to ensure that universal background checks are enforced.

He believes that gun owners should take care of them responsibly, as well as teach their children the consequences of gun violence.


Watch the full discussion with Vice President Biden:

Image: Vice President Joe Biden via Jason and Bonnie Grower/Shutterstock

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  1. by J. Paul Hilson

    On February 20, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I just listened to you laugh at VP Joe Biden’s suggestion that we use a “double barrel shotgun”, fired into the air to scare would be intruders away.
    Please Note (as you laugh), a shotgun blast is louder than most weapons so it is intimidating. A double barrel shotgun chambered for 3 inch magnum shells loaded with number 4 buckshot releases 40 bullets per shot. In less than 1 second 80 bullets are on their way. Laugh at them apples if you will. Oh yeah, try to get that many shots off in one second with an assault rifle.
    I favor the assault weapon ban and universal background checks but your advise to ignore the VPs advise will have untrained gun owners facing intruders undergunned and unable to shoot their attackers. Get a double barrel shotgun and don’t show your own ignorance

  2. by CWalker

    On February 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Yes, the shotgun off HIS balcony will work–if his secret service personnel are on the ball. For the average mom like me with no one “roaming the grounds”, no, it may not scare off an intruder. Seriously, yes this is a second amendment issue. May seem like a little step now but 60 years ago, we would have thought someone crazy if they told us that in 40-50 years, we could legally murder our babies. It starts innocently, one step at a time. Read your history books!!

  3. by Stuart Kirk

    On February 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    It seems neither VP Biden, nor Mr. Hilson (above) know the first thing about home defense. Consider the following:

    1. Mr. Biden specifies that his home is in the country, away populated areas.

    2. In most populated areas it is illegal to step outside your house and fire a gun into the air.

    3. A shotgun is not easier to aim than an AR-15. Both must be pointed at the attacker when fired to have real effect. With a shotgun, choke and distance determines the spread of shot (which naturally is wider than that of a single bullet) when it hits. But generally speaking, the greater mass of the spread must hit for significant harm to occur.

    4. A shotgun is unwieldy, difficult to use in tight spaces, and has significant kick. [Sawed-off shotguns are illegal in most places.] A handgun or an AR-15 could be fired around a corner (etc.) with one hand while maintaining maximum possible cover. A shotgun cannot be fired one-handed (unless maybe a 20-gauge or 410), except by a guy with big hands, wrists, and arms.

    5. Unless you are carrying a sidearm, either the shotgun or the AR may not be a good choice. Where in your home can you lock-up a long-gun (with ammo separate) for quick access close by, and children cannot access? Though an AR-15 could be slung without being excessively unwieldy (a d-b shotgun could not), it is easier, safer, and more convenient to carry a loaded pistol on your person.

    6. Snapping in a clip is easy, even in the dark. Breaking a well-made d.b. side-by-side or over-and-under (fitting is tight) may not be easy to do in a stressful situation, and even worse in the dark, let alone loading your shells at the time.

    7. Never fire warning shots, especially both barrels from a d-b gun, because it can draw return fire right when you are empty and need to reload.

    8. Assault weapons (i.e. automatic weapons) are already banned, and Pres. Obama is maintaining that ban. An AR-15 is not an assault weapon, nor “high powered” as liberals have claimed. The civilian AR is semi-automatic, and fires a .223 Remington. This is why liberals like Nancy Pelosi have sought to ban all guns that merely look similar to/look like assault weapons. They are playing word games to suck-in people who are ignorant of guns.

    9. Also, forget a long process like learning karate, Judo, etc (except as a hobby). Forget peeing, puking, faking fainting or a seizure. All are stupid suggestions that can’t be done spontaneously, or won’t prevent a determined rapist. Different self-defense measures apply in different situations and locations. So, take a rape prevention class, carry a mace, carry a small knife of legal size for your area (or sharp keys, or a pointed metal pen for stabbing), and a handgun. Train regularly. And remember, if they rush you from about 10 feet away, you won’t have time to draw and shoot your pistol (unless you are moving away, and shoot from the hip). Faced with a knife, running is best, unless the assailant is faster. [And mace usually doesn't work on those high on crack, etc.]

    I could go on. But this should be enough to prove my point.

  4. by heather

    On February 22, 2013 at 8:59 am

    This guy can’t be serious. He believes that gun owners should be responsible, but shooting some warning shots off indiscriminately off your patio couldn’t be more irresponsible.

  5. by Scott Anderson

    On February 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

    DO NOT follow the Vice President’s advice. What he recommends is illegal in nearly all circumstances, and it violates all tenets of firearms safety.

    Parents magazine should remove this immediately. Leaving it up is tantamount to recommending illegal and unsafe gun practices.

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