Remember back in 2013 when then-Vice President Joe Biden sounded off about how a shotgun was all you needed for home defense, in the process giving Americans some incredibly bad advice?
Specifically, he revealed during a web Q&A that he told his wife to fire warning shots with a shotgun from their balcony if there were ever an intruder. That came as a response to a question about banning AR-style rifles and high-capacity magazines.
“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 whoever is coming in is not gonna…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. Buy a shotgun. Buy a shotgun.”
Here’s the video of the exchange:
Well, thanks to some poor judgment on the part of a Davenport, Iowa gun owner who was chasing off some suspected burglars from his property, we can see exactly what would happen to someone if they follow Biden’s advice.
According to this story from kwqc.com says Brandon Wagner, 30, was asleep in his home and woke up to the sound of his back door being kicked in at about 5:12 a.m.
Wagner grabbed a shotgun and confronted several people on his porch, the story says.
The story says the suspects ran off as soon as they saw the shotgun, and Wagner then fried a round into the air as they were running. When they got into a vehicle in an alley and sped off, the story says Wagner fired another round into the sky.
Things happened as ideally as they could have. Wagner’s shots didn’t harm anyone or anything when they were discharged or when the shot pellets fell back to the ground. He was cited for discharging a firearm in the city limits. In Davenport, this is a misdemeanor. In other municipalities, it’s a much more serious charge.
According to this story from wqad.com, some of Wagner’s neighbors agree with Biden.
“It was great that he had a weapon to protect himself and that by shooting it off, it did scare the kids away enough that they took off,” said neighbor Bruce Haas in the story.
“I think we need to take care of ourselves and I think that’s fine. I don’t think he should’ve got cited if someone’s trying to get into your home,” said another neighbor, Kathy Kendall in the story.
In the same story, neighbor Justin Tritt said “If he was shooting it in the air, that’s probably the safest direction to shoot it.”
Of course, firing a gun into the air is never a good idea, regardless of the type of ammunition. Bullets, slugs, and shotgun pellets can fall back to earth with enough force to injure or kill unsuspecting people below, sometimes quite far away, and to damage property—not to mention the fact that it breaks for four rules of gun safety.
If you have to shoot, know what you’re going to hit. It will be your responsibility in the end.