Vice President Joe Biden offered this advice to a question about protection: "Buy a shotgun, buy a shotgun." The comment was made during a Town Hall meeting.
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Vice President Joe Biden became pretty animated during a town hall on guns Tuesday afternoon.
The Facebook Town Hall was hosted by Parents Magazine.
One of the questions submitted to the V-P: whether the Obama administration's push to ban certain military-style weapons and high capacity magazines would make "law-abiding citizens" a target for criminals.
Listen to how he answered that question. "Is this Parents Magazine? (It is.) I've had Parents magazine in my home. I have never heard anybody in Parents Magazine ask these kinds of questions but I am delighted to answer them. First of all, the idea that - repeat the last part of the question please?
Q: She is asking if a ban goes into effect on certain kinds of weapons and high capacity magazines.
Biden: And what's her name?
Biden: Kate, if you want to protect yourself get a double-barreled shotgun, have the shells of 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 is ever a problem just walk out on the balcony here, walk out, put that double barreled shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house. I promise you whoever is coming in is not going to.' You don't need an AR 15. It is harder to aim, it is harder to use and in fact you don't need thirty rounds to protect yourself. Buy a shotgun. Buy a shotgun.
Biden said he learned his lessons on gun safety from his father, who was a hunter.
He said as a child, he wasn't even allowed to point a cap gun at other children while playing cops and robbers.
Biden also said he doesn't think the Second Amendment's right to bear arms should be changed.
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