Why you should never follow Joe Biden's advice

NOT THE SHARPEST KNIFE IN THE DRAWER: Vice President Joe Biden has been shooting off his mouth about how homeowners can prevent prowlers and rapists from breaking in. In February, he told participants in an online town hall on Facebook sponsored by Parents magazine that he had advised his wife to fire two blasts from their double-barreled shotgun in the air from the porch of their home in DE to scare off a lurking criminal. And in an interview with Field & Stream a few days later, Biden suggested that if “you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door.”

But Biden’s advice backfired on a 22-year-old man in Virginia Beach, VA, who has been charged with reckless handling of a firearm, The Washington Times reports:

[T]he man was in his bedroom when two armed masked men leaned through the window and warned him to close the bedroom door. [He] did – but not before he stepped into the hallway. He then grabbed his shotgun and fired several shots through his closed bedroom door, toward the window.

No one was hurt in the incident, and the two suspects are still at large.

Biden has an unfortunate habit of shooting from the lip, and the NRA, prosecutors and law enforcement officials have warned people to disregard his personal safety tips if they want to avoid being charged with a felony – which would mean failing a background check to purchase a firearm in the future and, possibly, confiscation of the guns they already own.

Tom Shellenberger, a lawyer and spokesman for the Delaware State Sportsmen's Association, told U.S. News that Biden's security tip was "the worst type of advice" because in addition to potential criminal liability, “Not only does blasting blindly away put innocent persons at risk, it also tells the bad guys where you are and that you are armed. In most circumstances, it might be better if that comes as a surprise to the bad guys.”

BTW, Biden’s wife could accidentally negligently  injure or kill her neighbors who live only about 34 yards away. Their home is also less than 15 yards from a road and about a third of a mile (528 yards) from The Tatnall School. Depending on the size of the shot, the type and amount of powder used and the length of the shotgun’s barrel shooting from their porch, the range of a Biden’s gun is roughly 600 to 800 yards.

 

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