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Parents Magazine’s Joe Biden Interview Makes ‘Daily Show’

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The Facebook Town Hall interview with Vice President Joe Biden conducted earlier this week by executive editor Michael Kress has made headlines on a wide range of outlets, with analysts and reporters commenting in particular on a comment Biden made urging a mother to “buy a shotgun” instead of a weapon with a high-capacity magazine.

Wednesday night, the moment was featured as the “Moment of Zen” on the Comedy Central program “The Daily Show” (video below).  Here are links to some other news reactions to the Town Hall:  Joe Biden’s Advice for Defending Your Home: ‘Buy a Shotgun, Buy a Shotgun’ Biden Gets Testy

NBC Nightly News: Biden: ‘Get a Double-Barreled Shotgun’


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Political Blog Calls Biden ‘Testy’ in Parents Interview

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

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

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

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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