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Is Biden Right About a Shotgun Being the Best Protection?

The vice president said recently he keeps two shotguns in his own home.

Vice President Joe Biden recently caused a stir when he told people at a roundtable discussion that if they were worried about protecting themselves at home, a shotgun would be more beneficial than an AR-15.

This was being debated in the context of the Obama administration’s calls to renew the federal assault weapons ban. In a Fox News story, Biden was quoted as telling the group that he instructs his wife to use a shotgun in the event of a problem. He reportedly said he’s told his wife to walk out onto the balcony and fire two blasts from the double-barreled shotgun.

“I promise you whoever’s coming in is not gonna,” Biden is reported as saying. “You don’t need an AR-15 (assault rifle). It’s harder to aim. It’s harder to use and in fact you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself.”

A double-barreled shotgun has long been a weapon used to incite fear.

So is Biden right? What do you think?

Would a double-barreled shotgun be an adequate deterrent and a better choice should a woman feel the need for protection?

Mr. B February 28, 2013 at 03:27 PM
I still love that Carly Simon song!
Good Grief Y'all February 28, 2013 at 03:32 PM
"43 x more likely to kill a family member, friend or acquaintance than to kill an intruder" Racer, that came from a report in the New England Journal of Medicine. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to repeat it. :)
Good Grief Y'all February 28, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Mr. B, I sense a power struggle. Are you still "Leader of the Pack"? Hold on tight as you patiently wait for April 1 :D
Good Grief Y'all February 28, 2013 at 03:36 PM
As are you, R+. I have seen your letters on quite a few blogs around here. I am far from the Queen of Patch ;)
Good Grief Y'all February 28, 2013 at 03:44 PM
I've never been to a riot. You go to one or where one is expected and probable, you go at your own risk. You get caught up in one against your will, I guess you could pull out your gun and get off a few rounds before someone gets you. If you have a business in the slums, you already know what your problems are.

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