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Joe Biden tells Americans to 'buy a shotgun'

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Published on Feb 20, 2013

US Vice President Joe Biden's advice for self-defense: Buy a shotgun, not an assault rifle.

The US vice-president, who is spearheading the White House's gun policy proposals, said he told his wife to reach for the family shotgun if there were an intruder at their secluded Delaware home.

"Jill, if there's ever a problem here, just walk out on the balcony, here, walk out, put that double-barrel shotgun and just fire two blasts outside the house," Mr Biden said.

The unusual advice came during an online forum with readers of Parents Magazine, where Mr Biden shocked some liberals with his enthusiastic endorsement of shotguns for self-defence.

"If you want to protect yourself buy a double-barrelled shotgun," Mr Biden responded to a woman's question about defending her house. "You don't need an AR-15: it's harder to aim, it's harder to use and you don't need 30 rounds to protect yourself."

Lowering his voice, he added: "Buy a shotgun, buy a shotgun."

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