'Get A Double-Barrel Shotgun' To Protect Yourself, Biden Says

Want To Protect Yourself? 'Get A Double-Barrel Shotgun,' Biden Says

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Vice President Joe Biden participated in a virtual town hall meeting Tuesday, but some of his remarks during the exchange may surprise you.

The event was hosted by Parents Magazine and streamed live from the White House. The topic of conversation was the administration's efforts to reduce gun violence.

During the discussion, Biden had the following responses to some of the readers' questions, which were posted on Facebook.

"There is no ban on guns," Biden said in response to one question. "No one is banning a gun. No one is taking my shotguns. I have two shotguns at home. They're in a cabinet. They are locked. There's ammunition there, as well. No one is going to come and take my gun. No one is going to take anyone's gun."

Later, Biden added, "The analogy to if there's a ban on drugs, how could there be a ban on – how would any regulation of the type of weapon available out there, why would that make sense? Are you suggesting we just legalize all drugs? Is that what you're suggesting? That would go over real well in Parents Magazine. Let's talk about everyone being able to, no matter what your age, go out and be able to purchase cocaine. What do you think about that idea?"

At another point, the vice president said, "If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barrel shotgun, have the shells for the 12-gauge shotgun, and I promise you, as I told my wife – we live in an area that's wooded and somewhat secluded. I said, 'Jill, if there's 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's coming in is not going to.' You don't need an AR-15."

Finally, the point man on the Obama administration's gun-control effort had this to day: "You don't have to amend the Second Amendment to be able to eliminate assault weapons and limit the number of shells, bullets … in a magazine, a clip, as they call it."

We've got some parts of Biden's comments in the video above, but Parents Magazine says you can check out the entire discussion today on its Facebook page.

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