Joe Biden's 10 Best (Kinda Weird) Pieces of Advice

By David A. Graham

February 21, 2013

Vice President Biden has some advice.

Actually, he has lots of advice, and he parceled some of his wisdom out Tuesday during a Facebook town hall. Asked whether an assault-weapons ban would make it harder for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves, he delivered this instant-classic answer:

If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barrel shotgun. Have the shells for a 12-gauge shotgun. And I promise you -- as I told my wife...we live in an area that's in the woods and somewhat secluded. 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 who's ever is coming in" .... 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.

( Related: This isn't the first time Joe Biden has advocated for shotguns... )

Predictably, the chattering, tweeting, and Tumblring classes are in an uproar -- some amused, some appalled, some confused. No one should be surprised, though: Biden has a long record of offering advice.*

At least he gets the big things right, huh?

Watch Biden's instant-classic from yesterday:


*Regrettably, this didn't actually happen .

Read more at The Atlantic .

By David A. Graham

February 21, 2013