In February, Vice President Joe Biden said that Americans don’t need high-powered weapons for protection, because a shotgun will do just fine.
In fact, Biden told his wife to fire a shotgun in the air if she was ever in danger at home.
“If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barreled shot gun,” Biden said at the time.
“I said ‘Jill, if there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here… put that double-barreled shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house,’” Biden added.
Well, 52-year-old Jeffery Barton of Vancouver, Washington, believed that prowlers were breaking into his vehicle early Monday morning—so, he took Biden’s advice and fired a warning shot into the air with a shotgun. Barton was promptly arrested and charged with illegal aiming or discharging a firearm.
At his arraignment, Barton plead not guilty, saying, “I did what Joe Biden told me to do. I went outside and fired my shotgun in the air.”
But, local sheriff’s deputies said that current law does not afford people the right to fire off guns in the manner which Biden advocates. There must be a self-defense component, along with a life-threatening situation, they said.