Biden Advises His Wife to Shoot From the Balcony of Their 'Secluded' Mansion

By Melanie Arter | February 19, 2013 | 4:09pm EST

Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks at Girard College in Philadelphia, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

( – Vice President Joe Biden advised a woman who asked whether a ban on certain weapons and high-capacity magazines would make people more of a target to criminals to buy a shotgun.

“If you want to protect yourself, get a double barrel shotgun, have the shells of a 12-gauge shotgun … and fire two blasts outside the house. I promise you … 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,” Biden said during an online town hall meeting on how to reduce gun violence.

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The town hall meeting was sponsored by Facebook and Parents magazine.

“Do you believe that banning certain weapons and high-capacity magazines will mean that law abiding citizens will then become more of a target to criminals, as we will have no way to sufficiently protect ourselves?” Kate Earnest asked, according to the town hall moderator.

The question came from a Parents magazine reader, which surprised Biden.

“Is this Parents magazine? I have Parents magazine at home. I’ve never heard anybody in Parents magazine ask these kinds of questions, but I’m delighted to answer them,” the vice president said.

“We live in an area that’s wooded and somewhat secluded,” Biden said, explaining that he told his wife, Jill Biden, that if there was ever a problem, to walk out on the balcony and “fire two blasts outside the house” from the double-barrel shotgun.”

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