Political Blog Calls Biden ‘Testy’ in Parents Interview

The political blog Politico.com is saying Vice President Joe Biden became “testy” when certain questions submitted by Parents Magazine readers were asked during a Tuesday Facebook Town Hall interview on gun safety.  The 30-minute conversation took place at the White House, where Parents.com executive editor Michael Kress asked questions regarding Second Amendment rights, ownership of assault weapons, gun crime, and reducing gun violence.  Politico blogger Donovan Slack said Biden seemed “caught off guard” by one question:

One questioner equated gun control to drug control — if criminalizing drugs didn’t get them off the streets, why will criminalizing guns? — and a second asked if limiting assault weapons and high-capacity magazines would limit people’s ability to protect themselves.

“Is this Parents Magazine? I have Parents Magazine. I’ve never heard anybody in Parents Magazine ask these kinds of questions,” Biden said.

On the question about drug control, he tried to tamp down the notion that the administration wants to criminalize guns (“There is no ban on guns, no one’s banning a gun.”) and he took issue with the comparison to illegal drugs.

“Are you suggesting we have no, we just legalize all drugs? Is that what you’re suggesting? That would go real well in Parents Magazine,” Biden said. “Let’s talk about being able to — no matter what your age — go out and be able to purchase cocaine. What do you think about that idea?”

“Look, these comparisons are not appropriate, quite frankly, but secondly the idea [that] you should have no law unless the law you have prevents all violations of that law, that is not the way society works.”

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  1. by Vic

    On February 19, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    He was testy, as were a lot of people, because we are sick of these gun nuts hijacking these discussions to promote their crazy conspiracy theories about the government taking all your guns. Parents wanted to ask questions about education, healthcare, etc. The NRA and gun lobby plants people to ask questions that take away from it, and the VP was right to be testy.

  2. by TIna

    On February 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    He is dufus. Just get a sawed off shot gun, a least they will be sprayed with holes with one shot not 30 fast ones. Creepy. It is quite obvious to intelligent non gun owners that the government is trying to make everything illegal, your comments above probably date you as a twenty something and you probably went to public school. Brain washed.

  3. by Criss Copart

    On February 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Firing warning shots into the air or into the darkness of night is 1) illegal, 2) reckless, and 3) poor tactical advice. No respected firearms/self-defense instructor teaches these things. Also, good luck to a small female, elderly person, or disabled person to effectively handle a shotgun for self defense. AR-15s and Ak-47s aim the same way and are far more precise tools for defense.

    And yes, let us end the expensive, fruitless war on drugs.