- Posted February 28, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Gun control debate: Background checks
Joe Biden: Should HE have guns?
Joe Biden, VP of the United States, has been on a roll here lately. Running around doing interview after interview advocating strict gun control policies.
Question is, does he even have the right to own them himself?
In a hangout he did live he told one person to go out and just shoot "two blasts" from a shotgun outside the house. This brings major legal issues up not to mention complete irresponsibility of the gun owner.
Firing a weapon into the air is illegal in many states and can be classified as unsafe discharge of a firearm.
In the United States, crime classifications vary from a misdemeanor to a felony in different states:
*In Arizona, firing a gun into the air was raised from a misdemeanor to a felony by Shannon's law, in response to the death of a 14-year-old from a stray bullet in 1999.
*In California, discharging a firearm into the air is a felony punishable by three years in state prison. If the stray bullet kills someone, the shooter can be charged with murder.
*In Minnesota, it is illegal to discharge a firearm over a cemetery, or at or in a public transit vehicle. Additionally, local governments may regulate the discharge of a weapon within their jurisdictions.
*In Ohio, discharging a firearm or a deadly weapon in a public place is classified as disorderly conduct, a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
*In Texas, random gunfire is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum one year in jail and $4,000 fine. Anyone who injures or kills someone with a stray bullet could face more serious felony charges.
*In Wisconsin, criminal charges for this type of offense range from "endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon" to "reckless homicide" in the event of a death, with penalties ranging from nine months to 25 years in prison."
In elementary school we all learned about gravity right?
What goes up must come down. Doing as the VP requests could lead to injury, also resulting in criminal charges.
*January 1, 2010: A 4 year old boy, Marquel Peters, was struck by a bullet inside his church The Church of God of Prophecy in Decatur, GA. It is presumed the bullet may have penetrated the roof of the church around 12:20AM, fatally wounding the boy.
*December 28, 2005: A 23-year-old U.S. Army private on leave after basic training fired a 9 mm pistol into the air in celebration with friends, according to police, and one of the bullets came through a fifth-floor apartment window in the New York City borough of Queens, striking a 28-year-old mother of two in the eye. Her husband found her lifeless body moments later. The shooter had been drinking the night before and turned himself in to police the next morning when he heard the news. He was charged with second-degree manslaughter and weapons-related crimes, and was later found guilty and sentenced to four to 12 years in prison.
*December 31, 2004: A 75-year-old man in Orlando, Florida, was mortally wounded in the heart from a falling bullet just before midnight. Police later traced the fatal bullet to a gun confiscated from a man firing into the air more than a mile away. The shooter was charged with manslaughter.
*December 31, 1994: Amy Silberman, a tourist from Boston, was killed by a falling bullet from celebratory firing while walking on the Riverwalk in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. The Police Department there has been striving to educate the public on the danger since then, frequently making arrests for firing into the air.
Now in a recent interview with Field and Stream, Joe Biden says:
"I said, “Well, you know, my shotgun will do better for you than your AR-15, because you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door.” Most people can handle a shotgun a hell of a lot better than they can a semiautomatic weapon in terms of both their aim and in terms of their ability to deter people coming. We can argue whether that’s true or not, but it is no argument that, for example, a shotgun could do the same job of protecting you."
In this quote Biden tells people to just shoot their gun through the door.
How is that responsible or legal?
First off to defend your home with deadly force you MUST have a very justifiable cause or reason. Shooting someone through the door does not qualify.
Second, where does the rounds go? The child on the street?
Joe Biden is proving time and time again his lack of gun responsibility and proper saftey education. As a leader of this country he should not be advocating illegal and irresponsible behavior.
Knowing that this is the way he feels, should he even be allowed to have his guns? Is he mentally capable and responsible enough to posses firearms?
Also do you think, knowing this, he should be advocating removing guns from more responsible gun owners who actually know better.