Former Vice President Joe Biden, who once infamously advised during an online interview to a woman that she should fire a shotgun outside of her house to frighten burglars, recently told an audience on the campaign trail that if he is elected president he will push “smart gun” technology.
According to the Washington Examiner, Biden was speaking to “roughly 180 donors in an Upper East Side penthouse” earlier this week. In the aftermath of his shotgun advise debacle in 2013, the career politician now running for the Democratic presidential nomination has been nicknamed “Shotgun Joe.”
“If I get elected president of the United States of America with your help,” Biden reportedly told his audience, “if that happens, guns, we have the capacity now in a James Bond-style to make sure no one can pull a trigger unless their DNA and fingerprint is on it. We have that capacity to do it now. You know it.”
Unfortunately for Biden, the technology isn’t yet reliable. A story in Townhall about Biden’s remarks used the word “moron” in its headline.
Biden is one of nearly two-dozen Democrats now in the running to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. All of them have offered some level of gun control scheme as part of their platform, ranging from restrictive to extreme, including outright bans with threats of prosecution and imprisonment for non-compliance.
Six years ago, Biden advised a woman to protect her home by purchasing a double-barrel shotgun. In the event of an attempted home invasion, this is what Biden said:
“If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barreled 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.’ I promise you, who’s ever coming in…you don’t need an AR-15, it’s harder to aim., it’s harder to use and in fact you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself.”
The then-vice president’s remarks were roundly condemned by self-defense and gun law experts. His advice included an illegal discharge of a firearm, and limiting one’s self to two shots followed by the necessity to reload, while in the meantime, a person may wind up facing a dangerous burglar or home invasion team with an empty gun.
One Washington State man who did discharge a firearm outside of his home to scare away an alleged car prowler tried what became known as “the Biden defense,” and was convicted for his actions.
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