Nothing we're going to do is going to fundamentally alter or eliminate the possibility of another mass shooting or guarantee that we will bring gun deaths down to a thousand a year from what it is now.CNN's commentator Erin Burnett goes on to ask how it is that he can make that admission in light of his previous statement, done in the presence of photogenic children, that
We have a moral obligation – a moral obligation – to do everything in our power to diminish the prospect that something like this could happen again."So which is it?" asks Burnett. Is that a rhetorical question? Surely you don't expect Joe Biden to make sense. It is part and parcel of the thinking in the White House, though, marked most clearly by the exchange between Obama and Charlie Gibson of ABC News in which, despite his effort to obfuscate his answer, Obama frankly admitted that he would rather the government lose tax revenue – take in less money – as long as he could tax the "wealthy" (e.g., anyone with a pension plan), all for the sake of "fairness".
As for Biden on gun control, this follows his advice to use a double-barrel shotgun in case of emergency (limiting oneself to only two rounds).
Update: On that same note, Biden gave an interview to Field & Stream magazine in which he recommended that one use that same shotgun to deter a home attack by "just fir[ing] the shotgun through the door".
I have appended a news report from Virginia Beach wherein a resident did exactly that, against two "suspects" who invaded his home and pointed pistols at him. The two were scared off and police said that they "could not be located", but police have charged the man who defended his home, upon the advice of Joe Biden, with "reckless handling of a firearm".
Maybe Oscar Pistorius could use the same defense.
This follows another report about Biden's advice to his wife Jill should she find herself in a situation where "she is concerned for her safety":
Jill, if there's ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here, walk out and put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house.This follows on his observation that a woman can handle a 12-gauge shotgun better than an AR-15, and 30 rounds for an AR-15 are excessive. Really? Think about that: the average woman firing "blasts" from a 12-gauge would find it easier than firing a round slightly larger than a .22-calibre. If you don't understand that and aren't in a position to experiment on that advice, check with someone who is more tuned into reality than our Vice President.
And should Jill follow this inane advice (rendering her out of ammunition), she will fall subject to the same reaction as our above example in Virginia Beach: Delaware residents are not allowed to discharge firearms on their own property, and she would be charged with felony aggravated menacing and reckless endangering in the first degree, among other charges. Jill would have to establish that she were "in a truly life-threatening situation"; home invasion is insufficient.
And as an added fillip of irony, she would be prosecuted under the aegis of Joe's son, Beau Biden, who is the state Attorney General. Maybe Joe should check with Beau (or someone, anyone) before he shoots off his mouth.
But as far as Jill being prosecuted, who am I kidding? After David Gregory, the Black Panthers, Obama's illegal alien aunt and uncle, a variety of government officials involved in Fast & Furious, and a wide parade of others, why would she be prosecuted? Laws are for the little people.