Alas, this PSA comes too late for Mr. Jeffery Barton of Washington state, who thought some prowlers were messing around on his property, and fired his shotgun to scare them off. The Washington Times reports on his resulting arraignment for illegal firearms discharge:
Outside the courtroom Wednesday, Barton cited the vice president in defense of his actions.
“I did what Joe Biden told me to do,” Barton told KOIN. “I went outside and fired my shotgun in the air.” […]
However, sheriff’s deputies noted to KOIN Wednesday that current law does not afford people the right to just fire off their gun. There must be a self-defense component, along with a life-threatening situation. None of which appeared to be the case here, they said.
The vice president advised a participant in a February online town hall meeting, who was concerned about possible bans of certain weapons and high-capacity magazines, to get a shotgun and fire blasts to chase away malfeasants.
“If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barreled shotgun,” Biden said. “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 [up] that double barreled shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house.”
If you, or a loved one, have felt any urges to take Joe Biden seriously, please contact a mental-health professional immediately.