“I promise you: Whoever’s coming in is not going to – you don’t need an AR-15 [assault rifle]. 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.”
He had specifically mentioned a double-barreled shotgun in this instance.. He told his wife, Jill, that if there’s ever a problem, go to the balcony and fire two blasts.
Let’s discuss the shotgun first…
Joe actually makes a good point regarding shotguns and home defense. They do make for a good home defense solution in some cases. For example, a 12-guage pump is very nice for home defense. You can put 3+ rounds in it and the sound of someone pumping it, or racking it as we say, is very distinct and adds to the fear factor of an intruder. But Joe was talking about a double-barreled shotgun. Once you’ve fired twice, you’re empty. Plus you don’t have the additional factor of the sound a pump has. Ideal home weapon? Not so much.
Now to the AR-15…
“It’s harder to aim…”
Not really. Sure a shotgun is called a scatter gun for a reason, because you basically point and shoot. So in that since an AR-15 is relatively more difficult to put on a target. But it’s not difficult. If you know the basics of aiming through an iron site, you can aim an AR-15. If you’ve got optics, like my Aim Point PRO, you can put a red dot on someone coming into your home and squeeze the trigger.
“It’s harder to use…”
An AR-15 is not difficult to use. Loading it is the same as loading a handgun. Put rounds in magazine and seat the magazine firmly in the magazine well. Pull the charging handle back and let it snap shut. A round is loaded and the gun is ready to use.
“In fact, you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself…”
How is this a fact? Does Biden know exactly how many rounds one needs to protect themselves? Here’s a hint: more is always better when it comes to ammo.