A Vancouver man who fired a shotgun in the air to scare off car prowlers has refused a plea deal and says he's sticking with what's become known as the "Joe Biden defense."
Jeffrey C. Barton was at the Clark County Courthouse on Tuesday and had his trial set for March 26 on a misdemeanor charge of illegally discharging a firearm.
The 52-year-old told The Columbian he will not admit any wrongdoing for the incident last July because he was protecting his family, within his Second Amendment right, and following advice from the vice president.
In response to a question about home defense, Biden told an interviewer in February Americans don't need semi-automatic weapons because a couple of blasts from a shotgun will scare off intruders.
Biden has been a United States Senator from Delaware for 36 years, and I still can't get over the concept that a state ... even one of the smallest states in the nation, can continue to re-elect The Senior LameBrain in Congress year after year after painful year. He makes Dan Quayle look smart!
The odd thing is ... there is something in what he says.
A shotgun, especially a double-barreled 12 guage, is a very good choice for a Home Defense weapon.
Like a Revolver, a loaded double-barreled shotgun can sit in your closet for years and still be as effective years later as it was when you first loaded it. Unlike semi-automatic weapons, the ammunition is not retained in a spring-fed magazine. The second round is as reliable as the first.
(We're assuming that this is an exposed-hammer variety, of course; the spring tension is not loaded until the hammers are cocked; and nobody ... not even Joe Biden .. would have a shotgun with the hammers cocked. At least, we hope not.)
It Is To Laugh .. except, maybe not.
We also hope he told Jill that when she fires a shotgun in the air, the shot is likely to come to ground somewhere in their neighborhood. Perhaps there are not a lot of neighbors (that they like) in their "... wooded ... secluded area" so maybe they don't mind if they end up hitting a few of them with their reliable scatter-gun.
In fact, they might be better off shooting the shotgun directly at the erstwhile car thieves than shooting in the air; at least, the odds are that they would hit felons rather than neighbors.
With the caveat that some people just can't handle firearms responsibly, and the added precautionary that " ... I shot an arrow in the air, and where it lit I know now where ..." is exasperated by the discharge of a modern firearm rather than an arrow, it's pretty clear that Dopey Joe does understand that home protection of self and loved ones is important. However, not shooting one's neighbors is probably important too. For most of us.
Most of us will realize that the current Vice-President of the United States (VPOTUS) is an idiot, so most (all?) of what he has to say will be discounted by most of us.
Fortunately, you and I do not live in his "wooded, secluded area" and so we are not subject to the random whims of Dopey Joe and Dopey Jill. (Well, she married him .. how bright can she be? And the same can be said for the majority of Delaware residents who have continued to re-elect him for seven lustrums!)
I'm just wondering if Dopey Joe, in all his wisdom, deliberately decided to ignore the fact that Joe and Jill are protected around the clock by shifts of Secret Service squads ... and the rest of us are not?