In a live-streamed question and answer session Tuesday with Parents Magazine, Vice President Joe Biden told a concerned questioner to “buy a shotgun” and use the home defense strategy he gave to his wife Jill.
The vice president was asked, “Do you believe banning certain weapons and high-capacity magazines will mean that law abiding citizens will become more of a target to criminals as we will have no way to sufficiently protect ourselves?”
With laughter Biden responds, “Is this Parents Magazine? I have Parents Magazine at home. I’ve never heard anybody in Parents Magazine ask these kinds of questions, but I’m delighted to answer them.”
“Ah-umm, first of all, ah, the idea that, repeat the last part of the question.” Biden requests.
Michael Kress, executive editor of ParentsMagazine.com responds, “So she’s asking if a ban goes into effect on certain of weapons and high capacity magazines…”
Interrupting Kress, Biden asks “What’s her name?”
“Kate,” Kress responds.
Turning back to the camera, Biden says, “Kate, if you want to protect yourself, get a double barrel shotgun.”
“Have the shells, a 12 gauge shotgun, and I promise you, as I told my wife — we live in an area that is wooded and somewhat secluded — I said, ‘Jill, if there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here, walk out, put that double barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house,'” Biden explained.
“I promise you who’s ever coming in is not gonna — you don’t need an AR-15. It’s harder to aim, harder to use, and in fact you don’t need thirty rounds to protect yourself.”
“Buy a shotgun. Buy a shotgun,” Biden concluded.