Joe Biden Explains Why Assault Weapons Aren't Necessary for Self-Defense

Joe Biden illustrating the efficacy of shotguns. (Photo: YouTube)

Joe Biden illustrating the efficacy of shotguns. (Photo: YouTube)

Vice President Joe Biden participated in a Google+ “hangout” this afternoon to discuss President Barack Obama’s gun control plan. Mr. Biden stressed his belief the plan, which includes an assault weapons ban, would help prevent law enforcement personnel from being “outgunned.” He also addressed concerns the ban would infringe on peoples’ ability to protect themselves by suggesting a shotgun is far more useful than any assault weapon for self-defense in the event of a situation such as a major natural disaster.

“You know, guess what? A shotgun will keep you a lot safer, a double-barrelled shotgun, than the assault weapon in somebody’s hands who doesn’t know how to use it, even one who does know how to use it,” Mr. Biden explained while using his hands to mimic the gesture of holding a shotgun for added effect. “You know, it’s harder to use an assault weapon to hit something than it is a shotgun OK? So, you want to keep people away in an earthquake, buy some shotgun shells.”

Earlier in the conversation Mr. Biden also said he owns two shotguns and one of his sons owns one as well.

Mr. Biden also addressed the question asked by a tax attorney of whether he would back an idea to confiscate assault weapons that are currently in circulation. While Mr. Biden said law enforcement personnel who “overwhelmingly” support the president’s gun control plan “would love” to see current stocks of assault weapons taken off the streets, he said it would not be possible.

“Realistically, that’s not going to happen,” he said.

Watch full video of Mr. Biden’s “hangout” below.